[media-credit name="Nathan Denette | AP Photo" align="alignnone" width="300"]Peyton Manning[/media-credit]
Birth: March 15, 1985
Hometown: Danville, KY
College: University of Kentucky
Draft: 4th round, 127th overall - 2008 (Indianapolis Colts)
Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Weight: 236 pounds
40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 6.99 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.27 seconds
Bench Press: 18 reps
Vertical Jump: 30 inches
Broad Jump: 109 inches
The Colts drafted Jacob Tamme after he started for three years at the University of Kentucky. Tamme has spent the past two seasons on the Colts roster as a backup tight end but has been used primarily for his special teams skills. Although Tamme has been on the roster, he entered the 2010 off-season as an unknown quantity in many regards. With Dallas Clark reaching the peak of his career over the past two seasons, there has been little need for backup tight ends to fill a receiving role. While Clark is again healthy, this preseason gave fans a new look at Tamme, as he filled in for Clark with the first team. Tamme has excelled as a receiver, but he did not play much as an H-Back or blocking tight end.
When Tamme entered the 2008 NFL Draft, he was a very promising wide receiver/tight end hybrid, and gleaned comparisons to Clark from draft experts. He had some of the top times in all of the speed drills for tight ends, and numerous scouts singled out his extraordinary work ethic. Tamme also received high marks for his hands, and for excelling in a complex Kentucky offense.
As Tamme has not spent much time with the offense during the regular season, most of his negatives are still based upon college scouting reports. These reports identify Tamme's lack of bulk, specifically muscle, as his primary shortcoming. He weighed as little as 232 pounds prior to the draft, and is now list at 236 pounds. Tamme's size led to criticism of his blocking abilities, which remain today.
Tamme offers another option for Peyton Manning as a receiving threat, but still has quite a bit to prove as a blocking tight end. Although a premium has been placed on the blocking abilities of backup tight ends on the active roster, Tamme developed a sort of "Justin Snow," kind of immunity. While he was used sparingly as a long snapper in college and received some work in kicking and punting situations during the preseason, which may signal a potential line of succession from Snow to Tamme as the future long snapper for the Colts, it is unlikely he will see time in that role prior to Snow's departure. Unless Clark misses time, Tamme will continue to serve as one of the best special teams players on the team.