Tight end Jacob Tamme has been a handsome replacement for the Indianapolis Colts.
In five starts, Tamme has caught 38 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Dallas Clark, the Pro Bowl tight end he replaced, caught 37 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns in six starts.
"That stuff's nice when you're winning, I guess," said Tamme, a special teams standout who caught only six passes in his first 21/2 seasons with the Colts. "I'm just going to try to make plays when the ball's thrown to me. That's been my attitude since I got here and it certainly has been since I started playing more in the offense."
Tamme has emphasized again and again he is not Clark, who is out for the season after undergoing wrist surgery. Clark last season became the second tight end in NFL history to catch 100 passes.
Tamme has spent the past month catching more passes than any other NFL tight end and learning how much he has to learn. Every week is a new defense. Every defense does something different.