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Colts TE Tamme Gives Clark Credit for Big 2010

After catching six passes for 47 yards in his first 28 games in the NFL, Colts tight end Jacob Tamme stepped up for an injured Dallas Clark to catch 67 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns in 2010.

Only five tight ends in the NFL caught more passes last season than Tamme, who credits Clark for his development.

“I think I was really, really blessed to be on a great team and have a great guy like Dallas Clark teaching me,” Tamme tells WYMT in Kentucky. “I was able to learn for a couple years kind of the tricks of the trade and prepare for a time to step in there. I really tried to work hard every week to be ready like I was the starter. And I think that’s just kind of the mentality that you have to have.”

Clark is expected back from wrist surgery, but Tamme, who is entering the final year of his contract, figures to see plenty of playing time in a Colts offense that frequently employs two-tight end personnel groupings. Tamme is participating in the team’s private workouts this off-season.

“A lot of guys are still getting together and working out just like we would be,” Tamme said. “Whether it’s lifting, running, doing drills, throwing and catching, doing all that kind of stuff, we just have to find places to do it, which are top secret, and just kind of get it done. So it’s not too much different, it’s just a little inconvenient.”

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