The Denver Broncos had until today to activate both quarterback Chad Kelly and tight end Jake Butt from the NFI list, but according to head coach Vance Joseph the Broncos will be moving both to injured reserve.
Vance Joseph #Broncos @1043TheFan says both Chad Kelly and Jake Butt are going to go on IR— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) November 6, 2017
Both rookies will get a red shirt season and will be ready to compete from Day 1 when the 2018 offseason program begins.
Jake Butt is a rookie tight end out of Michigan who was selected in the fifth round after putting up some amazing numbers in college. He tore his ACL in a bowl game, which severely affected his draft stock.
Chad Kelly is a rookie quarterback out of Ole Miss who was selected as Mr. Irrelevant in the seventh round. At one point in his career he was considered a first round pick, but off the field issues and injuries caused him to fall the way to the final pick in the NFL Draft.
The Broncos are ready to stick with Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, and/or Trevor Siemian as their active roster quarterbacks down the stretch.