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TE Jacob Tamme - Free Agent

6-3, 236Born: 3-15-1985College: KentuckyDrafted: Round 4, pick 2008

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2016 Week 1 vs TB (8 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

Tamme made a key fourth-down catch late in the third quarter on a back shoulder adjustment in the left flat but the team was down by 18 at this point. He broke a tackle on 3rd and 12 inside the 30 to get Atlanta into the red zone in the fourth quarter and get the first down on a short in-breaking route. Ryan found Tamme again in the empty set after stepping up and firing over the middle with less than two minutes left and down by 7. Tamme remains one of Ryan's most reliable two-minute drill producers and zone receivers from empty sets.

2016 Week 2 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 75 / 1 rec)

Tamme was a productive part of the game plan He gained 15 yards on a 2nd and 17 pass because the Raiders blew its coverage in the middle of the field and left Tamme wide open on the seam, an easy throw and catch. Later, he earned 16 on a catch and run from a boot-action to the right flat during the third drive, getting Atlanta near midfield. He began the fourth series with a catch and run in a two tight end set, gaining off the short drop-and-throw. Ryan hit Tamme two plays later for 14 yards under the double coverage on the crossing route and the tight end scored up the seam on a 15-yard route after a 34-yard catch by teammate Austin Hooper. Tamme also earned a target at the back of the end zone against cornerback David Amerson that resulted in an interception because Ryan placed the ball on Tamme's inside shoulder. Although Austin Hooper made big plays, Tamme did little to lose his place in the pecking order.

2016 Week 3 vs NO (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' tight end earned nine yards in the second series on a play-action boot. He caught another quick pass breaking to the flat, making the play on a throw intentionally placed behind him. He was targeted on the corner fade on a third and six in the end zone but the ball was overthrown. He was the only tight end active in the passing game for Atlanta this evening.

2016 Week 4 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 3 / 1 rec)

Tamme scored on a flat route for a three-yard touchdown to close out the first drive. Tamme might have earned a second score if he didn't fall down on a middle screen in the first half. The play was a wrinkle on a swing pass thrown for a score to a running back last week in the red area. If Tamme didn't fall, he had a good path to the end zone. He caught the ball but he lost a yard.

2016 Week 5 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Tamme was targeted on a third and goal cross and stopped inches shy of goal line. Denver's linebacker made a strong effort to push Tamme backwards on the play.

2016 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

He caught a quick slant off a play fake on the second play of the game for a first down. Later in the quarter, Matt Ryan Rushed a throw while under pressure from a blitz and bounced the ball off Tamme's facemask in the red zone. The miss-timed pass led to a field goal. He later caught a short pass from deep in Atlanta's territory in the left flat for a short gain of four in the third quarter.

2016 Week 7 vs SD (3 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)

The tight end dropped a 3rd and goal from the 9 against an LB and S play high-low zone against him. The drop led to led to a second Atlanta field goal. He later made a great catch on a ball thrown behind his back shoulder for a 17-yard score. Tamme had to reach against his momentum for the completion. He later had a play-action boot right thrown well behind him. .

2016 Week 8 vs GB (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

The veteran's game ended as soon as it started. He caught a route to the right sideline on 3rd and 14 to open the game and was dropped inches shy of the marker. He was slammed to the ground on his shoulder and assisted off the field to the locker room. He did not return.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Tamme earned a grand total of three targets and all were short throws on crossers, flats, and seam routes. He was not a factor in this game beyond these selected targets.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)

Jacob Tamme was the third leading receiving option for the Falcons on Sunday but owes a lot of his production to excellent play call/design. Tamme's first two catches were simple curl and quick in patterns over the middle, taking advantage of soft defense by New York. Tamme was then able to get wide open after excellent play action fake by Matt Ryan and pick up a first down. Tamme also was able to unravel down the field and take the Falcons out of their own endzone. Tamme blocked initially at the line of scrimmage before running downfield with no defender in his vicinity, allowing a big pass play to occur. Tamme owes this in large part to good play design by Atlanta but showed reliable hands also. With only 4 catches, it can be tough to trust Tamme as a fantasy option however. Ryan will be so heavily focused on Jones and Hankerson for the most part of the season but Tamme may be able to sneak in a solid yet unspectacular performance like this in the future.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Tamme suffered a head injury during his first target after Sean Lee delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit over the middle on a crossing route for eight yards. Tamme was assisted off the field on this second quarter target and did not return.

2015 Week 5 vs WAS (10 / 8 / 94 / 0 rec)

Atlanta went to Tamme early and often, but the results were just good enough to move the chains and not much more. There as a good backside slant to Tamme off a short play fake and throw behind the underneath zone for a gain of 25. Tamme was an arm tackle away from a longer gain, maybe a score but he lacks that kind of skill after the catch. He managed to high-point the ball at the right sideline for five yards during the second series and then caught a crossing route on third down for the conversion. Tamme earned another check-down after a Washington sack of Ryan during the second series for a short gain. But Ryan missed Tamme on a slant in the third series on a wide-open slant with draw action and Tamme dropped a 3rd and 9 comeback in the flat after a nice job of Ryan flushing left from the pocket to make the throw on the run to the red zone. Tamme also made a catch turing the two-minute drill to set up a field goal and late in the game, a fourth-down catch with 0:13 left to set up a field goal. The Falcons will need Tamme to continue making plays of this kind, but without a fully healthy Jones, defenses will be more confident with sitting on these routes.

2015 Week 6 vs NO (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' tight end made timely plays and earned more targets. He's becoming a more active option in this passing game. He's not just earning check-downs to the flats, which he earned at the end of the first quarter for a short gain. He made a great catch on deep cross in tight coverage and then diving play for a first down. Look for Tamme and Ryan to continue to develop this connection moving forward.

2015 Week 7 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

If not for two inaccurate passes, Tamme had a strong chance of scoring twice in this game. The target counts for Tamme have climbed since September. He earned eight yards ona quick out to begin the second series and later a short out for four yards. He also caught a wheel route on one of Matt Ryan's best throws of the day for Tamme's longest gain of the day. Tamme earned a step on the safety on a fade to the left side of the end zone during the first half, but Ryan underthrew Tamme by two steps and the defender was allowed back into the play and given perfect position to defend the ball. There was also a 3rd and goal pass to the middle of the end zone from the one that was behind Tamme and intercepted in the fourth quarter. Despite the failures to connect in the red zone, the targets are coming and the strategy is to leverage Tamme for bigger plays.

2015 Week 8 vs TB (12 / 10 / 103 / 1 rec)

As stated her for at least the last three weeks, Tamme's usage has been growing weekly and the tight end would have scored multiple times last week if not for some inaccurate throws from Matt Ryan against Tennessee. This week, Tamme and Ryan finally connected without issue. Tamme caught a 3rd and 6 shallow cross between two defenders for 7 and then an out on 3rd and 7 for 6. As the third option, Tamme got open on a short crosser with Ryan rolling right and throwing across his body to find the tight end for a 3rd and 1 on a designed bootleg. In the third quarter, Ryan found Tamme for a first down in the flat and then came multiple quick-hitting passes up the middle that riddled the Buccaneers defense, including an 18-yard gain, a 10-yard gain later to the Tampa 16, and then a touchdown between the linebackers caught at the goal line.

2015 Week 9 vs SF (10 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)

Matt Ryan nearly cost his second-most productive receiver playing time on a 2nd and 4 throw where he delivered the ball well behind the TE. Tamme made the adjustment to the ball and he was nailed in the side of the lower leg. After limping back to the huddle he was able to shake it off and deliver a solid day in terms of targets and yardage. Even so Ryan missed Tamme on a short seam route where he threw the ball a little behind the receiver and the pass was knocked loose. The most successful targets were to the shallow flat for 4-6 yards that replaced the outside running game and San Francisco seemed contend to allow. Tamme's biggest gain came up the left seam where he juggled the target thrown off a play-action boot leg, but then came down with it to work his way inside the 49ers 20. During the second half Tamme dropped a 3rd and 22 target after the defender wrapped him. He also got Atlanta inside the 49ers 10 late in the game with a nice run after the catch with 5:00 left. He bounced off two hits for 5-6 yards after the catch in the middle of the field.

2015 Week 11 vs IND (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

His first catch got Atlanta in the red zone on a crossing route for nearly 20 and close to the Colts 10, but that first catch came in the second half. Tamme's only other target was a crosser that he dropped in the mid-fourth quarter.

2015 Week 12 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)

Beyond some targets during the final minutes of the first half, Tamme's most significant gains came in garbage time against wide zones. His closest opportunity for big-time points came on a fourth-and-goal post route in the back of the end zone that he failed to snare.

2015 Week 13 vs TB (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

The biggest play of the game could have been a play-action throw-back from Ryan rolling right and throwing up the left sideline. Tamme was wide open, but Ryan overshot the throw by 5-7 yards on this initial series for Atlanta. The rest of Tamme's plays were underneath routes. He caught a drag route off boot action left for a first down inside three minutes of the half then a short pass to get inside the 20 for a third and 1 set up a field goal early in the second half. Later he got inside the five on the rollout from a hurry up early in fourth quarter for 11 yards inside the five. He's a frequently used option, but very hit-and-miss in the red zone and when open in the deep-intermediate range, Ryan consistently misses him.

2015 Week 14 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)

The tight end caught a 3rd and 7 pass in the right flat but Carolina stopped him immediately in the open field, ending their first series. He gained eight in the right flat on the second throw

2015 Week 15 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The tight end held the safety on 3rd and 7 during the second series in a max-protect alignment and still Atlanta couldn't prevent the pressure from reaching Matt Ryan, forcing a punt. Tamme did nothing else of note.

2015 Week 16 vs CAR (4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Tamme converted a third down on the opening drive after working inside Roman Harper in the flat on a low throw. He later caught a quick cross for six yards with less than a minute left. The tight end remained a minor part of the game plan, but he consistently gives Atlanta at least one drive-sustaining play each week.

2015 Week 17 vs NO (5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)

Matt Ryan threw behind Tamme on an intermediate cross and the tight end made a highlight-reel grab with one hand fully extended behind him while falling in the opposite direction during the first drive for the Falcons. It was by far the most impressive catch of the game. Later, Ryan overshot Tamme up the left sideline. The safety gets some credit for slowing down the receiver at the line of scrimmage. This led to a 51-yard field goal for Shayne Graham. Ryan converted a 3rd and 1 on the third drive with a roll to the left, tossing the ball over a shallow defender in the flat to Tamme for a 32-yard gain and a first down. Tamme also caught a curl in the flat on the third drive and earned 13 yards on a crossing route as a check-down on the opening play of the second half. A nice utility player, Tamme becomes more valuable when a team has multiple weapons in the passing game. But when he has to be a primary option or top-end secondary target, he lacks the athletic skills to consistently win plays. Atlanta would be wise to keep Tamme, but continue to add more receiving talent.

2014 Week 11 vs STL (10 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

With starting tight end Julius Thomas injured early and Denver running short of healthy receivers, Jacob Tamme saw his most extensive game action of the season. Unfortunately, Tamme failed to capitalize in any meaningful way. While Tamme could once serve as a reliable threat down the middle of the field, he has been terrible this season on all passes 10+ yards down the field, including an 0-for-3 performance against St. Louis, with all three targets coming on 3rd down. Several of those passes were overthrown by Manning, but it looks that, after two seasons of serving as one of Manning's most reliable outlets, Tamme is no longer the chain-mover he once was.

2013 Week 12 vs NE (5 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)

On a night when the entire Denver Broncos offense was sputtering, Jacob Tamme joined Knowshon Moreno as the stars of the game. With Julius Thomas inactive, Tamme returned to his role as Denver's "move" (or receiving) tight end, and his comfort level with Peyton Manning was apparent all game long. For the night, Jacob Tamme had 7 targets. 6 of those 7 targets came on 3rd down. Those targets resulted in a 6-yard gain on 3rd and 5, a 10-yard TD reception on 3rd and 5, an 11-yard gain on 3rd and 5, a drawn defensive pass interference penalty on 3rd and 7, a 12 yard gain on 3rd and 7, and a 3-and-a-half yard gain on 3rd and 4 that would have set up a key 4th-and-inches, but which was called back due to offensive pass interference on Eric Decker. Tamme's other target was an 8-yard gain on 1st and 10. On a night when nobody could hang on to the ball, Tamme caught everything thrown his way and almost single-handedly kept the chains moving for Denver's offense.

2013 Week 14 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Forgotten for long stretches during the season with the emergence of Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme has come on strong in recent weeks. No Broncos player has been a more consistent and reliable target on 3rd downs this season, with 8 of Tamme's 9 targets this year resulting in a new set of downs. Good things continue to happen when Manning targets Tamme, including Tamme gaining 7 yards and getting out of bounds to set up Matt Prater's NFL-record 64-yard field goal attempt. After Wes Welker left the game with a concussion, Tamme played every snap but one, usually lined up as the de facto backup slot receiver. If Welker's injury causes him to miss further time, Tamme stands to be the primary beneficiary.

2013 Week 15 vs SD (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Jacob Tamme has traditionally been Wes Welker's backup in the slot, but in a surprise move, Denver opted to use Eric Decker more in the slot while letting Andre Caldwell replace Decker outside. The result is that Jacob Tamme played just 9 snaps against San Diego, earning just two targets. Tamme finished the day with an incomplete on 2nd and 6 and a 9-yard gain on 1st and 10 on Denver's final drive of the day.

2013 Week 16 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Jacob Tamme split time with Eric Decker in the slot for Denver, receiving three targets for the game. Tamme continued his efficient season, with two targets converting for first downs, and the third gaining 8 yards and getting out of bounds to set up a field goal as time expired in the first half.

2013 Week 17 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Jacob Tamme's impact on the Denver Broncos continues to outstrip his appearance in the box score, as in addition to his three receptions, Tamme was responsible for making the tackle after Denver had a punt blocked, and was responsible for Denver's recovery of both of Oakland's onside kick attempts. As for his work as a receiver, Tamme remains a trusted target on high-leverage downs, doing most of his damage after halftime with Brock Osweiler and the second-string offense. Only one pass thrown his way fell incomplete, and that pass might well have been the catch of the year for the Broncos, as Tamme performed a no-look, 1-handed grab at full extension while tip-toeing the sidelines, only to have the play overturned on replay when it was ruled the ball moved when he hit the ground.

2012 Week 1 vs PIT (5 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)

Tamme is one of two former Colts among Peyton Manning's receiving options. The rapport between the two was evident as Tamme caught every pass thrown his way, including a key touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave Denver a 22-19 lead after the ensuing two-point conversion pass to Willis McGahee. Tamme caught three of his five passes on 1st down and the other two on 2nd down. This shows that he's being used a safe option, an alternative to the run game to be sure the offense stays "on schedule." Many worried about Joel Dreessen's impact on Tamme, but it's clear that Tamme is Manning's preferred target at tight end.

2012 Week 2 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Tamme's first reception was a wide open catch in the flat that he turned into nine yards before being tackled by the first defender in his way. His second pass went for four yards on third and five when he couldn't make a defender miss for the first down while running towards the sideline.

2012 Week 4 vs OAK (6 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

Despite Joel Dreessen catching the TD on Sunday, Tamme was Manning's favorite TE. Second on the team with six targets, Tamme caught five, including a quick pop pass on 4th down on Denver's opening TD drive for eight yards and another short crosser on the play prior to the 4th down for six yards. As the game progressed and Denver assumed obvious control, Tamme was less involved (catching only one pass in the 2nd half, early in the 3rd quarter).

2012 Week 5 vs NE (11 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)

One of Peyton Manning's few off-target throws in the game was directed to Tamme. He was open on a 15-20 yard route that he was only able to get one hand on because of its location. Outside of short possession-type catches, Tamme's lone reception down the field was on a wide open route where he was lost by New England's secondary over the middle. With Joel Dreessen's involvement in the red zone, Tamme needs to maximize his targets to be a TE1 in fantasy terms going forward.

2012 Week 6 vs SD (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Tamme wasn't a big factor in the offense, but he did make one of the critical plays of the game. Facing a third down and six, Tamme hauled in an 8-yard reception to keep the drive alive. But a holding penalty on RB Willis McGahee negated that, so Tamme did one better. On the very next play, he brought down a sideline pass where he turned his body around and did a nice job of keeping his feet inbounds to make the catch official. That helped keep the drive alive and led to an Eric Decker score a few plays later.

2012 Week 8 vs NO (4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

On third and six, Tamme ran an out route and dove forward for the first down. Tamme pulled up injured after that reception but was back in the game in the second half and caught Manning's first pass for a five yard gain on Second and six. Tamme turned a well blocked screen pass into a 22 yard gain late in the third quarter also.

2012 Week 9 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

It was a pretty non-descript day for Tamme. After two short receptions, he hurt his left arm on his following target, a third-down incompletion. Tamme was in-and-out of the lineup after that point and returned after halftime wearing a protective sleeve. He had just one more target, a short catch with no yards-after-the-catch following the injury.

2012 Week 11 vs SD (5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

Tamme was having a relatively quiet game until late in the contest. He caught a big third down conversion off an inside slant to pick up a first down, showing Peyton Manning's propensity to trust him in a big spot. He later added a huge 31-yard grab down the seam on third down and 18 to keep the chains moving and run the clock down. That drive eventually led to a field goal that made it a two touchdown lead for Denver, and put the game out of reach. Tamme could have had a much bigger game, but Manning barely overthrew him on a deep route down the sideline from their own 26-yard line. Tamme got a hand on it and appeared in position to be able to make the catch, but just couldn't bring it in.

2012 Week 12 vs KC (7 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)

Tamme was easily the most productive tight end, getting separation from Eric Berry on several occasions and lining up all over the field. He caught passes out of the tight end position, lined up out wide, and in the slot. His touchdown came on a jerk route where he badly fooled the safety, caught the pass at the two, and then carried the defender into the end zone. He made another nice grab on short cross in the third quarter, taking the ball away from the defender over the middle of the field and picking up a first down.

2012 Week 13 vs TB (13 / 9 / 89 / 0 rec)

When Manning wasn't throwing the ball to Thomas, Tamme was his other favorite target as he led the team in catches with nine and targets with 13 and was second to only Thomas in receiving yards with 89 yards. Like Thomas, too, Tamme had no trouble finding open space against the Tampa porous pass defense. Tamme caught two balls on the Broncos' opening drive, picking up six yards on a quick out before picking up 10 over the middle two plays later. The next Bronco TD drive, Tamme was again targeted twice, catching the first for 15 yards on an out. Tamme just missed a big gain on the following play as he ran free down the seam. Manning tried to put the throw on Tamme's back shoulder and the TE was unable to adjust to the throw as it fell incomplete. Tamme caught two more balls on the Broncos' next drive, with a 15 yard catch to kick the drive off as he worked the middle of the field before picking up nine yards three plays later on an out. Manning tried to hit Tamme to open the next drive too, but Lavonte David made a nice play on the ball intercepting the too shallow throw. Tamme continued to get open on the next drive, catching three of his nine on the Broncos' 4th quarter killing drive. After a shallow out went for six, Tamme picked up four yards on a quick screen (clearly looking to set up the pass to Thomas five plays later) before picking up 15 yards on his final catch of the day running down the seam.

2012 Week 16 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 69 / 0 rec)

Tamme was rarely active in the passing game, but had a huge impact on his two receptions. Both gained 30 or more yards with down the field targets as Tamme came wide open in the secondary. One reception was a beautiful fingertip grab as Manning hit his former Indianapolis teammate right in stride. Tamme has not been the consistent performer than many expected this season with the presence of Joel Dreessen, but he has totaled 40+ receiving yards in four of his last six games despite a low total of targets.

2012 Week 17 vs KC (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Tamme caught one pass from Peyton Manning for thirteen yards on an out route. He and Joel Dreessen each had three targets.

2012 Week 19 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

While Tamme was invisible on offense for large stretches of the game, he made two impressive plays against Baltimore. On a crossing route, Tamme hauled in a throw that was behind him to convert a third-and-long situation with 21 yards. In the third quarter, Tamme converted another third down with a clutch reception on a comeback route. The tight end position turned into more of a committee in Denver in 2012 with Joel Dreessen gaining a share of the passing looks. Tamme is under contract for two more seasons, but with Dreessen's role unlikely to diminish and young prospects Julius Thomas and Virgil Green still looming, Tamme's long-term upside looks to be capped to 2012's production or less moving forward.

2011 Week 7 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Tamme was shut out in this game as well and was injured on special teams in the second quarter. He is being evaluated for a head injury.

2011 Week 10 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)

Playing in place of injured starter, Dallas Clark, Tamme was by far the most productive Colts receiver, although much of his production came on one play early in the first half and then on a series of short completions late when the Colts were trailing by 2 TDs. Tamme found space along the left sideline in the 1st quarter to help convert a 3rd and long, keeping a drive alive that led to a game-tying FG with a 29-yard reception. Tamme provided a big target for both QBs (connecting on 3 straight receptions from Dan Orlovsky late in the 4th) and did an adequate job blocking in the running game.

2011 Week 13 vs NE (6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Tamme was a safety valve for Orlovsky, especially when he was struggling in the middle of the game. He did a nice job finding space under the zone, often crossing with Collie in the middle of the field. He showed good hands and a knack for picking up a couple of extra yards after the catch.

2011 Week 14 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)

Tamme had no real effect on the game until the very last play when he scored a TD for the Colts. Since Clark is now back there is little value for Tamme.

2011 Week 16 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Seldom a part of the passing offense, Tamme's biggest contribution was drawing a pass interference play on third down inside the red zone with 27 seconds left in the game.

2010 Week 8 vs HOU (9 / 6 / 64 / 1 rec)

Tamme could very well end up with numbers that match what Dallas Clark was able to put up. He isn't very big, and is a little under-sized as a blocker, but he has more speed than Clark and seems to have very good hands. On the first drive, Tamme made a few nice moves, showing an impressive quickness of feet for a tight end. Manning looked comfortable throwing him the ball, and as the two gain chemistry, expect Tamme to continue to get production week in and week out.

2010 Week 9 vs PHI (16 / 11 / 108 / 1 rec)

Jacob Tamme continues to produce in the place of the injured Dallas Clark, this week leading the Colts in targets (17), receptions (11) and yards (108) against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tamme took advantage of the Eagles' inability to cover tight ends, working the middle of the field and the short perimeter against modest linebacker coverages. Even though this matchup was highly favorable, Tamme exhibited such strong production that it will be hard to bench him the rest of the year. Indianapolis has limited targets for Peyton Manning so Tamme is a must start fantasy tight end.

2010 Week 10 vs CIN (10 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)

Although Tamme continued performing like, well, like -- himself on Sunday, pulling in seven balls for 73 yards, he did drop more than a few passes during the game, something that has been attributed to his back injury in the wake of the game's conclusion. He is without a doubt one of Peyton Manning's favorite go-to targets and the debate has begun whether he is indeed even better than the vaunted Dallas Clark himself. He's arguably one of - if not THE - best fantasy tight end in the league at this point and because of this, news of him re-aggravating his back injury on Sunday is made all the more important. Whether he's on your team or not, this situation is worth monitoring for obvious reasons.

2010 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)

Jacob Tamme was mostly used as a safety valve option for Manning as the Colts were in the two minute drill in the second half. Tamme did make a nice catch down the seam at one point, but his effectiveness was limited by how the Patriots defense was playing the Colts offense, with plenty of zone coverages and protecting against the deep ball.

2010 Week 12 vs SD (9 / 7 / 64 / 1 rec)

Tamme considered his surprisingly effective turn as the Colts replacement tight end, with a game high seven receptions and another score. The touchdown was a quick pass at the goal line, which he then fought through defenders to pick up the score. Later, he showed great hands on a low pass down the seam that he was able to haul in, and also made a nice sideline grab late in the game. As if it wasn't already obvious, Tamme has established himself as one of the best tight end options in the game ever since the injury to Dallas Clark put him out for the year, and in this game Tamme was the most effective receiver from a fantasy perspective for either team.

2010 Week 13 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Tamme clearly has Peyton Manning's confidence as the All Pro quarterback is not scared to throw it to Tamme regardless of down and distance. Tamme is being utilized on quick outs and passes across the middle when the defense has put a nickel corner on the young tight end. Tamme only caught 4 passes against the Cowboys but was involved in two key plays. On the first, Tamme caught a short pass to the right that resulted in a 26 yard gain on the Colts first drive of the second half. They would score one play later on a deep pass to Reggie Wayne. Tamme also had the unfortunate distinction of being the target for Peyton Manning's last pass of the day, a ball that was didn't quite settle between two defenders and was tipped and intercepted. Considering he had only 6 career catches when Dallas Clark succumbed to injury, Tamme is playing very well and has developed in to a vital piece of the Colts offense.

2010 Week 14 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Tamme was woefully underused in this game compared to previous weeks as Manning clearly favoured his receivers over any other type of player in this game. Tamme caught some short passes on option routes early in the game for modest gains, hampered by his limited skillset and athletic ability. Tamme is not as good or as fast as his receiver counter parts and was overlooked for most of this game.

2010 Week 15 vs JAX (7 / 7 / 34 / 0 rec)

For a few weeks now, Tamme has been primarily used in very short passes. It was no difference in this game. Tamme stayed in short, and posed no threat in the deep passing game. As much of a factor as he was early in the year, he just hasn't been very good lately. However, the Collie injury might still make him a potential start over the final two weeks, as he did gets used more in the 2nd half once Collie went down.

2010 Week 16 vs OAK (8 / 7 / 78 / 1 rec)

Tamme seemed much quicker and faster in this game than he has in previous weeks. The Raiders do a poor job of defending the tight ends, and Manning and Tamme exploited this matchup all game long. Perhaps having better blocking RB's afforded the Colts the ability to turn Tamme loose, instead of keeping him in to block, but whatever the reasons, Tamme was Manning's primary target, and his intermediate gains were the only consistent threat the Colts were able to hit on throughout this game.

2010 Week 17 vs TEN (9 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)

Tamme continues to be the biggest downfield threat for the Colts on any given play, as he can make big plays up the middle of the field with his speed. He got 67 yards, but could have had even more, had a 20+ yard gain not been wiped out when Tamme was called for a pass interference penalty. Tamme might not have a starting job in 2011 when Clark returns, but he'll still no doubt get a lot of playing time.

2010 Week 18 vs NYJ (8 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)

Tamme has had a very good season, and he has been able to put up numbers which have lessened the blow of losing Dallas Clark. But the difference between the two was quite evident on Saturday. While Tamme is a solid athlete and pass catcher, Clark is more dynamic and able to get a few critical yards after the catch. Against the Jets in last year's AFC Championship game, Clark gouged the Jets across the middle again and again. Tamme did not and whether that was poor game scheming on HC Jim Caldwell's part or an inability of Tamme's is hard to say. But while Tamme was able to make plays and move the chains, he could not make big plays and wasn't a huge factor in many key possessions. Tamme is a good tight end, perhaps even great, but he is still developing and has a ways to go before he becomes the threat Dallas Clark is.

2009 Week 1 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Tamme got an early target in the scripted section of the game and made a nice gain of it with an offensive lineman leading the way downfield. He looks better suited to take Dallas Clark's routes if he goes down than Gijon Robinson does.

2009 Week 14 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

On the Colts opening drive Tamme was targeted by Peyton Manning when they were inside the red zone. The pass fell incomplete because Tamme was out of bounds despite making an athletic catch, and Tamme was not targeted again on Sunday.

2009 Week 15 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Jacob Tamme made a nice sliding catch for an eight-yard gain in the fourth quarter as he came back to the ball and made the grab. The catch was Tamme's only target in Week 15.

2008 Week 1 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Tamme's only catch of the game came in the fourth quarter and went for a first down.