Having spent the past four seasons in Indianapolis with Peyton Manning, newly acquired tight end Jacob Tamme knows what it’s like to play in Manning’s preferred hurry-up style of offense.
Tamme, who agreed to terms with the Broncos earlier in the day, spent the first three years of his career catching passes from Manning. In 2010, which was their last year playing together with Manning as the quarterback, Tamme set career highs with 67 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns.
“It’s fun to play ball with him,” Tamme said about playing with Manning. “Offensively, you go into a game with a game plan that you know that you can succeed. You know that if everyone executes their job, good things will happen. He’s a great leader. I think everyone will really enjoy having him as a teammate.”
Current Broncos players curious about what it is like to play with their new quarterback can go to Tamme for a preview.
“I wouldn’t say anything different than what they already know,” Tamme said when asked what advice he’d give his new teammates. “It’s fun because Peyton expects so much out of himself that everyone else wants to play at that level too. It’s a neat thing and it’ll be fun. I think everyone will really enjoy playing the style that he brings as a leader at quarterback.”
Tamme joins former Texans tight end Joel Dreessen, who also agreed to terms with Denver today, on the club’s roster. While he said he didn’t know Dreessen personally, he does know what Dreessen brings to the team from their time spent in the AFC South Conference, and said he has high hopes for what Denver’s revamped tight end group can do this year.
“I know him from playing together in the AFC South,” Tamme said. “I know his game and I’m excited…I think we’re going to have a really good group of tight ends and I’m very excited to see the different things we can do offensively with the group.”
One current Bronco that Tamme does know well is linebacker Wesley Woodyard. The pair played together at the University of Kentucky, and Tamme is looking forward to reuniting with his former teammate.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “There was nobody that I respected more – I had a lot of great teammates at Kentucky, but nobody that I respected more during our time there than (Woodyard). I know he’s earned the respect of a lot of people in the Broncos organization already by the way that he’s played. I’m really excited that he’s back and really excited to be teammates with him again. If there are a lot of other guys like that on this squad, it could be a heck of a lot of fun this year.”