Colts president Bill Polian told the team’s official site on Tuesday that there were not many tight ends like Dallas Clark. It was a rare honest moment from a football executive who is supposed to shower a young prodigy — someone like Jacob Tamme — with hyperbole about how great he can be.
But to his credit, Polian did finally correct himself when he said that Tamme can do every thing that Clark can do.
“Jacob can do the same things in the offense that Dallas can do, and by the way, I’m confident that he’ll do them quite well,” Polian said. “I was quoted in a headline, sort of half a quote, where I said, ‘You don’t get another Dallas Clark off the shelf,’ and you don’t. He’s one of a kind in the way he approaches life, in the way he plays the game. The kind of professionalism he shows, you could be around this game a lifetime and never have a player like Dallas Clark. That’s what I was driving at, but Jake is a terrific player.”
Whew, you could imagine that the other GMs and presidents were like, “Dude, you are supposed to compare the young kid to Clark, Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow (The good Winslow).
But all kidding aside, Tamme could have a big week against the Texans, one of the worst teams defending against the tight end. Plus, QB Peyton Manning doesn’t seem to have trouble working new receivers into the mix.
We watched last season as Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon became relevant fantasy names. This year, rookie WR Blair White caught a touchdown pass. So there is no reason to believe that Tamme can’t jump into the Colts offense and start producing immediately.
– Adam Rank