It’s hard to be overrated when you’re an undrafted free agent—it’s somewhat of a surprise if you actually make the final 53-man roster. But the Ravens have a history of finding success with their priority free agents, and Jeremy Butler looks like he could be the next one.
The fact that he’s listed here isn’t supposed to increase your expectations. He will have to work very hard and improve a lot between now and the final cutdown to even make the final squad, but all reports indicate that he’s been one of the most impressive receivers out of the group that is competing for the final WR spots (including Michael Campanaro, Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams, Gerrard Sheppard to name a few).
Bo Smolka of CSNBaltimore.com observed that many of those wideouts had some issues holding on to the football—not Butler:
While many receivers—including [Marlon] Brown—had troubles with dropped passes during the Ravens OTA workouts over the past month, Butler consistently made plays. He made athletic catches over the middle, in traffic, and down the sideline. While third-string quarterback Keith Wenning and other rookies worked on a far field in 11-on-11 drills, Butler remained with the No. 1 and No. 2 offense.
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley said the same thing in his notes from minicamp:
Wide receiver Jeremy Butler continues to make plays this offseason. The rookie from Tennessee-Martin is trying to become the latest undrafted success story for the Ravens. Butler is making more catches than the other players who are competing for one of the last receiver spots on the team such as Michael Campanaro, Deonte Thompson and LaQuan Williams. Butler's path got easier when the Ravens waived Aaron Mellette, too.
Four of those WR spots are locked up by Torrey Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown, and Butler may just be the next best receiver on the roster. At 6’2”, 224 pounds, he’s a big target that can make contested catches.
He’ll need to impress in preseason games to survive the roster cuts, but he could end up being a valuable piece of the receiving corps moving forward.