OWINGS MILLS – Wide receiver Jeremy Butler is a player to watch coming out of Ravens’ mandatory minicamp. After spending his rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, Butler might be the team’s most improved player this spring.
Butler is drawing praise from multiple directions.
From wide receivers coach Bobby Ingram:
“(Jeremy Butler) has had an unbelievable OTA and minicamp, in my opinion,” Ingram said. “I just think he really came back driven, he came back in great shape and he made a lot of plays. He moves pretty fluidly. He’s a big guy who’s strong, really good hands. He has made a lot of contested catches in this camp. Just looking forward to seeing how we can continue to allow him to grow.”
From teammate Steve Smith:
“Jeremy Butler – I don’t think he has dropped a pass all camp,” Smith said. “He is doing a fantastic job.”
From quarterback Joe Flacco:
“He might have had 1,500 yards in a three-day minicamp,” Flacco said. “He was incredible. He caught the ball extremely well.”
Now Butler’s goal is to carry the momentum into training camp when it starts in late July. The competition at wide receiver is crowded. Smith is firmly entrenched, but Marlon Brown, Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro, Darren Waller, and Butler are all vying for a role. It’s going to be interesting, but Butler is hungry to prove he belongs.
“I’m always confident in my ability,” said Butler, who was an undrafted rookie last year from Tennessee-Martin. “Believing in yourself. If you don’t, nobody else will.”
Obviously, Butler is already making some of his teammates and coaches believe in him.