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Falcons' Tamme Making Easy Transition To Life After Manning


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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta tight end Jacob Tamme was worried about playing with another quarterback after catching passes from Peyton Manning most of his career with Indianapolis and Denver.

"Peyton has been a huge part of my career, and he's a great friend of mine," Tamme said. "It's hard for me to go somewhere and feel like I was not falling off a cliff at the quarterback position. This is one of the few places where you could go and feel like you weren't."

After two days of his first training camp with the Falcons, Tamme said there has been no scary break-in period. He said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has helped make for an easy transition.

"Matt has been awesome," Tamme said after Saturday's practice. "I love working with him. He's got a lot of similarities with Peyton — the way he leads, the way he approaches the quarterback position. I've got a lot of respect for that, so I'm really excited."

Ryan is entering his eighth season as Atlanta's starter, and his status as a respected quarterback helped draw Tamme to Atlanta as a free agent. Another attraction was the chance to play in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system, which makes good use of tight ends.

Tamme may be the favorite to win the starting job in training camp over returning starter Levine Toilolo and Tony Moeaki.

Tamme, who has 178 career catches, is the most accomplished receiver of the three. Moeaki, who had two starts with Seattle last season, has 88 career receptions but is better known for his blocking.

Toilolo had 31 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns but he also had some drops in his first full season as Atlanta's starter. Like Moeaki, Toilolo was best known for his blocking when he was drafted by Atlanta, and it wasn't easy for the 2013 fourth-round draft pick from Stanford to follow standout Tony Gonzalez as the Falcons' starter.

Tamme, 30, already has shown the ability to catch the ball in traffic in training camp.

"That hasn't changed from all the way from OTAs," said Falcons coach Dan Quinn. "He's had catches behind and down low. We're just trying to find ways to feature him. He's got a unique style of how to get open, where to go find it. I think there's a good rhythm with him with that."

Tamme (6-3, 230) set career highs with 67 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns in 2010 with Indianapolis. He had 52 catches in 2012, his first season with Denver, but had only a combined 34 the last two years.

Tamme's production could increase as the Falcons look for ways to keep defenses from focusing on star receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White.

"I feel ready to fill in a lot of different roles," he said. "As a tight end, you get to do a lot of different things in this offense. I love all the aspects of our position. I'm looking forward to being a versatile player for us."

NOTES: The team signed OL Pierce Burton and released OG Harland Gunn. Burton (6-6, 305) originally signed with Minnesota in 2014 as an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi. ... RT Ryan Schraeder was back after leaving Friday's practice with what Quinn described as a "slight strain." ... Rookie OLB Vic Beasley Jr. also had no problems after cramping issues early Friday. ... Quinn said he has been encouraged to see such players as LT Jake Matthews, C Joe Hawley and LB Brooks Reed in good health after recovering from injuries in the offseason. ... Attendance was 3,100 for the first day of the team's Youth Weekend.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2015/08/01/falcons-tamme-making-easy-transition-to-life-after-manning/30990919/

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Like what I am hearing.

Also Tamme is going to get flamed saying things like this ...

"Matt has been awesome," Tamme said after Saturday's practice. "I love working with him. He's got a lot of similarities with Peyton — the way he leads, the way he approaches the quarterback position. I've got a lot of respect for that, so I'm really excited."

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Like what I am hearing.

Also Tamme is going to get flamed saying things like this ...

"Matt has been awesome," Tamme said after Saturday's practice. "I love working with him. He's got a lot of similarities with Peyton — the way he leads, the way he approaches the quarterback position. I've got a lot of respect for that, so I'm really excited."

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Just you guys for making more out of it than it is.

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Ryan is entering his eighth season as Atlanta's starter, and his status as a respected quarterback helped draw Tamme to Atlanta as a free agent. Another attraction was the chance to play in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system, which makes good use of tight ends.

I love getting a little insight to why FA's sign with us. People always think it's just about the money, I bet they'd be surprised how often it's things like this (I probably would be surprised too).

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Just you guys for making more out of it than it is.

I think it's funny. wiggle.001.gif

Matt Ryan is not a leader has been said here by the few so often that it has become a joke. Can't really make more out of it than the people who said it already have. Was dumb when they said it the first time, is dumb when they say it now. Has always been nothing more than a joke.

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I think it's funny. wiggle.001.gif

Matt Ryan is not a leader has been said here by the few so often that it has become a joke. Can't really make more out of it than the people who said it already have. Was dumb when they said it the first time, is dumb when they say it now. Has always been nothing more than a joke.

He's a decent leader man. Just not everyone likes him. *shrugs* If people don't like something they will always find an excuse why.

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haha personally I was excited the moment we got Free and now I'm excited for Teco if i had it my way they become a great one two punch that carolina had with Stewart and Deangelo (just healthier)

LOL...Stewart was faster than Freeman and outweighed both coming out of college at 235lbs. In reality the one two punch we have is speed and something or another.

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LOL...Stewart was faster than Freeman and outweighed both coming out of college at 235lbs. In reality the one two punch we have is speed and something or another.

oh ik haha they aren't comparable backs what we have is speedy mc speedy (Tone) Speed with power (Teco) and Sir catch a lot/elusive (Free)

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Can you believe, someone comparing Ryan to Peyton Manning? Oh wait, it's a veteran NFL TE who used to play with Peyton manning, perhaps its is a reasonable thing to compare qualities of the two after all.

You know what's funny? When I walk into the main area of my home, my dog always looks like he's guilty of something. I say "what did you do?" He just looks at me sideways. I ask a few more times and start playing with him, then he gives me the look one more time before I walk away. Then I give him a treat and he no longer looks at me at all. He just concentrates on the treat while I realize I've been played again.

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probably because they see how fast he is and assume he has no power because of it, granted he didn't have to use it much in college seeing how the defense was behind him laugh.png

This means they don't do much more than watch highlights and halfway read one or two similar scout reports done by similar people...

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This means they don't do much more than watch highlights and halfway read one or two similar scout reports done by similar people...

exactly, i always love those post about a prospect someone wants us to draft and it's just a highlight video. No breakdown, no full game snap by snap tape just his highlights.

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exactly, i always love those post about a prospect someone wants us to draft and it's just a highlight video. No breakdown, no full game snap by snap tape just his highlights.

I do that all the time. LOL...it makes for a better thread usually. When you actually break it down and say somethings people don't know...there is this particular mob on the board that goes mad...

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