I know that when I found out that Jacob Tamme had been selected in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, I thought Of course the Colts make a smart pick like that, good for Jacob. I didn’t expect him to set the world on fire in his rookie season, but I did figure he would reel in more than 3 catches for 12 yards.
However, like any Kentucky fan who watched him for 4 years, I figured it was a matter of time before Tamme stepped up and contributed in a big way to the Colts offense. Jacob had a great performance in the Colts last preseason game which was equally unsurprising and good to see.
The Colts have a nice little feature on Tamme adjusting to the NFL and improving, here’s what they had to say.
Jacob Tamme knows he can do better.
Which is why the second-year tight end is not content with his solid performance from Thursday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The main focus after the game was how well the first-unit offense played. But another storyline, which drew some much-deserved attention, was Tamme, who helped get the star-studded offense rolling.
The tight end began the game lined up as a receiver in the slot, and took the first play from scrimmage 12 yards after catching a short screen pass from quarterback Peyton Manning. From there, the Colts drove the ball all the way to Philadelphia’s 18-yard line.
On first down, Manning looked for Tamme once again. This time, the tight end was in the end zone. Tamme jumped into the air to snare Manning’s pass and got two hands on the ball – only to have an Eagles defender strip the ball out of his grasp.
It was the only blemish on an almost-perfect game for Tamme – he pulled in a team-high five receptions to go along with 60 reception yards – but it showed the tight end there is always room for improvement.
“I got a chance to make some plays and I did some good things. (But) I also had some mistakes that we have to get corrected,” Tamme said.
Like the offense as a whole, Tamme played well Thursday.
“But there’s a lot of little things that we can improve on, myself included,” he said.
Head Coach Jim Caldwell said fans got a glimpse Thursday night “of what (Tamme) is capable of doing.”
“When he was in college, he was a guy that certainly got the ball quite a bit and ran well with it afterwards,” Caldwell said.
In college, Tamme recorded 133 receptions, the most in Kentucky school history for a tight end and the second-most in Southeastern Conference history.
Tamme showed that type of ability against the Eagles, taking several short passes over the middle for extra yards, including a 23-yard pass from quarterback Curtis Painter in the second quarter.
“He’s a guy that’s a threat down the field and also very, very good at intermediate pass cuts as well.”
And thanks to his size – 6’3” and 236 pounds – Caldwell said defenders do not always catch on how to how fast Tamme actually is.
“If he gets the right matchups, he can obviously give you some problems.”