DirtyBird8711 Posted August 20, 2015 Share Posted August 20, 2015 http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/15093/from-peyton-manning-to-matt-ryan-jacob-tamme-appreciative-of-his-quarterbacks Tight end Jacob Tamme caught 154 passes from Peyton Manning through seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. He has yet to catch a pass from Atlanta Falcons teammate Matt Ryan in a live game. Regardless, Tamme's extensive work with Ryan this offseason and throughout training camp has given him a sense of what to expect from his quarterback this season. What's the biggest adjustment in catching passes from Ryan as opposed to Manning? "The difference is just in the way the offense operates," Tamme said. "With Peyton, a lot of times, he's diagnosing a lot of things at once, and he might hold on to it for an extra second to throw it somewhere that maybe it's not supposed to go, on paper. "With Matt, he's a tactician in the same way, but our offense is calibrated a little bit differently. So, there's a little bit more timing; a little bit more play-action game that wasn't necessarily a part when I was around Peyton." Manning's Colts and Broncos used more 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end, three receivers), with Manning often checking at the line of scrimmage. Ryan, in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense, will use 21 personnel (two running backs, one tight end, two receivers) and 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends, two receivers) with an emphasis on the run and play-action. "They both have a lot of similarities; all the things that you want in a quarterback and all the things I love playing with in a quarterback -- the way that they lead in the huddle, in the meeting, on the practice field,'' Tamme said. "It's been fun for me to see that being around Matt for the first time. You could tell quickly he had a lot of the same qualities as Peyton.'' We all know about Manning screaming Omaha as part of his pre-snap routine, and Ryan appeared to shout out his own version of the same during training camp. So, which quarterback is louder, particularly in the huddle? "Equal loudness," said Tamme, who got his first live action with Ryan during last week's preseason opener. "With Matt, I can't wait to get out there that first time when we're down by three and need to make a drive to win the game because Matt's already done that a bunch, and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to be a part of that with him. "With Peyton, it was the same way. You feel confident when those situations come up. When those situations come up, you feel like, 'Hey, let's go.' It will be the same with Matt as it's ever been with Peyton, for me.'' By the way, Manning has an NFL-record 51 game-winning drives in 17 NFL seasons, the most by any quarterback since the merger (1970), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Ryan has 26 game-winning drives, the most by any quarterback since he entered the league in 2008. Lastly, Tamme talked about Manning's deep ball as opposed to Ryan's. Obviously, the 39-year-old Manning doesn't have the same arm strength he used to, particularly after multiple neck surgeries. By contrast, the 30-year Ryan has plenty of firepower left in his right arm, as he showed throughout training camp with some incredibly accurate long balls. "Matt does a great job throwing the deep ball,'' Tamme said. "Peyton ... what season is this for him? It's up there. So, I would say if you had a throwing distance competition now, Matt probably wins. "Look, they can both throw it deep. They can both throw it on the money deep, which is what really matters. You can throw it as far as you want incomplete.'' Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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