The Colts don’t use a fullback much in their offense preferring to go with 2-TE sets when they want to run the ball. The Colts will have a new look at TE behind Dallas Clark who should be the primary receiver of the bunch. Clark has the speed to get down the field and he was Manning’s go-to receiver near the goal line as he led the Colts in TD receptions in 2007. Clark played in 15 games for the Colts last season and he caught 58 passes for 616 yards (10.6 avg) with 11 TD grabs. He also carried the ball 2 times for 29 yards (14.5 ypc) last year. Look for Clark to catch even more passes this season as long as he can remain in one piece. Clark has now played in 67 games in his NFL career and he has caught 179 passes for 2,234 yards (12.5 avg) with 25 TD grabs. He also has carried the ball 2 times for 29 yards (14.5 ypc) in his career.
Rookies Jacob Tamme and Tom Santi will battle for the #2 TE job for the Colts this season. Tamme might have the edge in passing downs. He is a converted receiver who is on the small side at 6’3″, 234 pounds but he has great hands. Tamme played in 13 games (12 starts) last season at Kentucky and he caught 56 passes for 619 yards (11.1 avg) with 6 TD grabs. Look for Tamme to catch more passes than Santi this season for the Colts. Tamme played in 48 games (35 starts) at Kentucky and he caught 133 passes for 1,417 yards (10.7 avg) with 11 TD grabs.
Tom Santi is a big TE at 6’5″, 250 pounds and he has a mean streak in the running game. Santi doesn’t really have many weaknesses in his game so he should get on the field a lot for the Colts this season. He played in 12 games (8 starts) for Virginia last season and he caught 36 passes for 418 yards (11.6 avg) with 3 TD grabs. Santi finished up his career at Virginia having played in 47 games (28 starts) in which he caught 97 passes for 1,184 yards (12.2 avg) with 6 TD grabs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: B