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Falcons 2015 Roster Review: TE Jacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme isn't a long-term answer at tight end, but he lived up to expectations in 2015.

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For a "quick-fix" solution at tight end, it's fair to say Jacob Tamme met expectations. There were multiple occasions this season where he was the number two receiving threat in the offense. Tamme finished the season with 59 receptions, a career high 657 yards, but only one touchdown.

His 2015 salary was worth $1,600,000. His production was well worth the cost of his contract. Tamme didn't fare well as a blocker, but that hasn't been his calling card during his eight year NFL career. He's on the hook for another $1,600,000 in 2016 and similar expectations production-wise seem fair. Don't expect Tamme to magically improve as a blocker as he enters his 30s; at this point he is who he is.

2015 was the first season that Tamme strayed from future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and played for a different quarterback. He showed a solid rapport with Matt Ryan and had a few big games. HIs best game came during the first Buccaneers game where he caught 10 passes for 103 yards and his lone touchdown.

I would expect 2016 to be Tamme's last year with the team. He's a fairly replaceable player and isn't a guy who "scares" defenses as a receiving threat. If the Falcons choose to upgrade tight end in the draft, Hunter Henry from Arkansas makes a lot of sense. Henry is a more dynamic presence across the middle of the field, but he needs some work as a blocker. A lesser name to keep an eye on is Kivon Cartwright from Colorado State. Cartwright is an explosive, big target who's dangerous with the ball in his hands. Both of these players would be nice understudies to Tamme as he moves on after the 2016 season.

In free agency, Dwayne Allen from Indianapolis would be a nice fit in Kyle Shanahan's scheme. He's been a very good blocker for the Colts and would be an immediate upgrade over Tamme in that area. Allen's production has dropped since a stellar rookie year, but at the right price he'd be a nice little gamble for the Falcons.

Overall, Tamme was a productive stopgap type of player that probably doesn't have a long future in Atlanta. Atlanta should bring in a tight end or two for competition going into 2016.