As we inch closer to kickoff, questions are flowing around every team as they hope to heal the wounds of last year’s disappointments. The sour taste in the Atlanta Falcons’ mouths may be washed away from an uncommon and unexpected source.
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For the past couple of years, tight end has been a major cause for concern. It’s understandable because the days of Tony Gonzalez are long gone, and it’s hard to replace a legend.
But could the new faces in town give a shot in the arm to an offense looking for answers outside of Julio Jones and Matt Ryan?
With unheralded moves, GM Thomas Dimitroff and company brought in two players, Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki, looking for resurgence in their pro careers, and the door is now wide open for them to do so in Atlanta.
Of these two, Tamme is poised to become another answer to this offense as he looks to find the fountain of youth that will provide a spark.
As he approaches the back end of his professional career, Tamme still has the hands and experience that every coach hopes to find in their tight end.
When a player spends multiple years as an option under arguably the best quarterback of this generation, Peyton Manning, he deserves a chance.
Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Tamme will never be confused as Rob Gronkowski, but on an offense featuring many weapons, no one should ask nor expect this of him.
All that should be hoped for is a relief to the wideouts and blocking for the ball carriers. With this in mind, what should we expect from Tamme this year as he attempts to revitalize his career?
As mentioned before, Tamme can never be expected to be grouped in the upper echelon at the position, but he will provide serviceable numbers that can keep the chains moving.
Even though his stat sheets may be forgotten by this time next year, Tamme is a perfect fit for this year’s team, and his experience can pave the way to the playoffs.
In regards to his end year numbers, look for Tamme to put up around 650 receiving, and anywhere from six to seven touchdowns.
Though that may be stretching it on the yardage side, Tamme has the hands and experience that can provide the allowance for these numbers and should be an option in the red zone.
If the Falcons can meander their way into the playoffs, the Jacob Tamme signing could be the biggest offseason move the Falcons did this year, and the 4.58 forty may be all that is needed to free up the offense and allow it to be fully effective.
Needless to say, with Tamme in the fold, it should make for an exciting year. And as we look back at this when the playoffs approach, Tamme could become etched in the hearts of the Falcon faithful.