ANDERSON, Ind. —
After Colts tight end Dallas Clark injured his wrist in Week 6 against the Redskins last season, Jacob Tamme had the difficult task of filling the veteran’s shoes.
The third-year player out of Kentucky did it well, catching 67 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games, including eight starts after Clark was placed on injured reserve. Tamme’s best game came in Week 9 at Philadelphia, where he hauled in 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.
With Clark’s return to the lineup this season, Tamme has been shuffled out of a starting spot. But head coach Jim Caldwell said he’ll still be a valuable part of the offense.
“We have a number of different packages,” Caldwell said. “We utilize some where we can utilize both of them (Clark and Tamme) at the same time, some with them separate from one another.”
Brayton gives Colts more defensive depth
Indianapolis added another veteran player to its defense Tuesday, signing defensive end Tyler Brayton.
The No. 32 pick overall in the 2003 draft, Brayton spent five seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He joined the Carolina Panthers in 2008 and became a free agent after the 2010 season. In his eight NFL seasons, Brayton recorded 229 tackles, 15.5 sacks and one interception.
Even though Brayton’s yet to see the field, Caldwell says he give the Colts more depth.
“He’s a guy that’s played,” Caldwell said. “He’s been around Oakland as well as Carolina, so we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Coming into training camp as an undrafted free agent could have been quite difficult for offensive lineman Jake Kirkpatrick.
Fortunately, he’s had a mentor who knows exactly where he’s coming from.
Jeff Saturday entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina in 1998. He was cut that year by the Baltimore Ravens but hooked on with the Colts the next season. Now, he’s a record-setting center for one of the NFL’s most successful franchises.
“He’s got love for undrafted guys because he’s been through that situation,” Kirkpatrick said. “I think (the veterans) understand that we’ve had a lot of time where we should have been learning the playbook, but we didn’t get a chance. He’s just trying to help me.”
Kirkpatrick won the Remington Award as the nation’s top college center in his senior season at TCU.