Are the Colt’s keeping anyone? They are going to resemble a first year expansion team under rookie QB Andrew Luck. TE Jacob Tamme reunited with Peyton Manning in Denver where he has signed a three-year $9 million contract and is slated to be the team’s starting TE.
Tamme is very athletic and is among the fastest tight ends in the league. Denver signed former Texan TE Joel Dreessen as well but he should fill more of a blocking role with Tamme the more likely to emerge as the go-to TE in the passing game. Look for Tamme to line up in-line as well as in the slot as motion receiver (Denver has yet to replace slot WR Eddie Royal who signed with San Diego).
Rotoworld says that Tamme should be a popular sleeper pick. They speculate that you can get him as a TE#2 late in drafts.
CBS doesn’t think Jacob Tamme will slide under radars and last until the end of the draft. They gush over his sleeper potential and say that you might expect Dallas Clark-like numbers and that he will be selected in mid to late rounds with low end TE#1 potential.
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The tight end position is as deep as ever so if you miss out on the top guys turning to second or third tier options, like Jacob Tamme, isn’t a disaster.
The Kentucky alum’s only productive season in his 4-year career came in 2010 when he filled in for the oft injured Dallas Clark and hauled in 67 catches for 631 yards (39 YPG) with 4 TDs - finished as the 15th ranked fantasy TE. In the 2010 season, Tamme was targeted 93 times and could be a real sleeper on draft day if the Broncos decide to get the TE position more involved in the offense with Peyton under center.
We know Manning likes TEs and with Tamme’s pass catching ability it’s not out of the question to think that he could match the numbers that Dallas Clark posted in his prime when he repeatedly ranked among the top 10 fantasy TEs . Now, is he as good as Clark was in his prime? Maybe not, but with Manning throwing passes an average player can look like a stud.
We like Tamme as a low end TE#1/high end TE#2. Tamme along with guys like Brent Celek, Tony Gonzalez, Jermaine Gresham, and Owen Daniels can be nice options later in the draft. These are all relative similar and we look at them as the third tier group. As a matter of fact, Tamme probably has the most upside among this tier.