Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/14
Before rookie wide receiver Jeremy Butler had signed his first NFL contract, he already felt like he was officially on the Ravens' roster. That's because Butler was frequently in conversations with Ravens wide receivers coach Bobby Engram leading up to the NFL draft. It was an effective recruiting sales pitch that led Butler to choose the Ravens over the Green Bay Packers in May after previously visiting the NFC North franchise. "Bobby Engram called me a lot leading up to the draft," Butler said in a telephone interview. "He was giving me coaching advice already. He said, 'I'm going to coach you up and get you to be even better.' By the end of the draft, I had made up my mind and my decision was easy." It's a choice that the Ravens and Butler feel good about considering how the undrafted rookie from Tennessee-Martin performed during organized team activities and minicamps. At 6-foot-2, 218-pounds, Butler is an imposing downfield target with size, strength and leaping ability working in his favor. Behind the scenes, Butler has consistently drawn praise from team officials as an intriguing developmental prospect. Butler displayed the capability to go over the middle or compete downfield for contested catches. He was among the younger players who got snaps with the second-team offense while other rookies worked on a separated field. "I would say I bring versatility in the schemes and being able to play all over the passing game," said Butler, who's signed to a three-year, $1.534 million contract that includes a $4,000 signing bonus. "I make the plays downfield in the deep game. I go across the middle. I enjoy the dirty work and like the short, quick game.
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