With Peyton Manning in 2010, Jacob Tamme recorded a career-high 67 catches for 631 yards and four scores — all in the last 10 games of the season after fellow tight end Dallas Clark was placed on injured reserve.
Tamme knows he has a chance to put up similar numbers reunited with Manning in Denver this season — but individual goals aren’t his biggest concern with the start of training camp less than 24 hours away.
“I feel like it’s my job to do what I’m supposed to do to help the team win,” Tamme said. “Some games that might be catching 10 balls, some games it might not be catching any balls. It might be blocking more, it might be whatever. I certainly think there’s opportunity for everyone to get involved and have fun and have numbers and all that stuff, but that’s not what it’s about for me and I don’t think that’s what anybody’s real focus is on.”
The tight end didn’t shy away from addressing the high expectations surrounding the team this season, and while he isn’t worried about his personal statistics, he hopes he, Joel Dreessen and the rest of the tight end corps can help the team accomplish its goals.
“You see teams using multiple tight ends and having a lot of success with it,” he said. “We should be able to do a lot of different things, that being one of them. There’s nothing that gets you more excited than getting a chance to get out there and show what you could do and hopefully make some plays to help the team win the game.”
As for how ready the team is to go out and make those plays, Tamme said that even though the offense installed a lot during the summer, there’s still plenty to do throughout training camp.
And he can’t wait to get started.
“These next couple weeks will be really important,” he said, “and I think everyone’s looking forward to it.”
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