Tight end Jacob Tamme, a fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, has caught six regular-season passes for 47 yards.
“It's something we talk a lot about around here, 'Next Man Up,'' Tamme said. “We'll be doing the same thing there. We don't know the exact situation, but the bottom line is we have to step up, get in there, have some fun and do some good things. We're obviously our best team with Dal, but we don't know what's going to happen, and it will be a chance for the ‘Next Man Up’ motto to take place again.
“I prepare every week to get ready to go in there on offense, and we have a real good offense. I've learned a whole lot from Dal. We'll all get in there and do our best to move the ball and help put points on the board.”
Tamme, who also is one of the Colts' top special teams players, also caught 10 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in the preseason. He had two touchdown receptions this past preseason.
“He has assets that allow him to be flexible, to play multiple positions,” Caldwell said. “He can play in-line. He can play obviously wide receiver. He can play in the slot. He's a pretty versatile performer.”
Tamme is no Dallas Clark, but if you're in a pinch, it looks like he's going to get some looks in this offense. Manning likes to spread things around so if Tamme gets open, he'll get the ball. He'll need more than Wayne and a banged up Garcon. Fortunately for the Colts, they have a bye this week to get everyone ready.