Jeremy Butler plans big come back from injured reserve


— A lot of emphasis has been placed on the amount of wide receivers the Baltimore Ravens interviewed at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Some draft experts are saying that the Ravens will select a receiver with their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. One thing to consider is that the Ravens have a solid group of young play makers already on the roster.

Second year receiver Jeremy Butler is a player who was on injured reserve last year. Butler plans to have a big comeback from his season spent on injured reserve. He has yet to take snaps in a regular season game. Butler was a guy that the Ravens really liked in training camp. They liked to line him up in the slot.

Butler says that he learned a lot from sitting out this past year. He learned how to be a pro and how to train like one. This includes taking care of his body. Butler is learning how to cook healthy meals for himself which excites him.

Having a positive mindset when faced with adversity is a strong trait. Butler uses that mindset. “In a weird way, it added to my career. It taught me how to watch film, take coaching and things like that. My mindset is that I didn’t play last year, so attack this year. Most guys are trying to take time off and recoup from the season but I am looking to come right back and get a good start.”

Steve Smith Sr. and Wide Receivers Coach Bobby Engram are two guys who have helped Butler both on and off the field. “Coach helped me out on the field and made me I feel part of the mix each and every week. He kept me focused and tested me to make sure that I was locked into the game plan.”



Jeremy Butler #17 of the Baltimore Ravens lines up against the San Franciso 49ers during an NFL preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Butler learned how to set both short term and long term goals from Smith Sr. There are countless things that Smith Sr. has taught Butler but one thing stood out the most to him.

“The thing that stands out the most is understanding that you have to make the most of what you have and make the most of your ability. He told me to make the most of what I as given.”

The work that Butler has put in doesn’t go unnoticed. The Ravens coaching staff has kept an eye on Butler because they appreciate how he is willing to do everything that he could to make it onto an NFL roster. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has spoken about Butler very often when the idea of a young receiver on the team comes up.

Butler has big plans this season. “ I am not letting him down. I am coming in to make an impact. I am not coming in to be just a guy in the jersey, just a guy on the team, happy to be there. I want to be great and I am putting the work in to be that.”