The third article in my "What To Expect" series
Tight Ends: Dallas Clark, Gijon Robinson, Tom Santi, Jacob Tamme, Jamie Pretkowski, Colin Cloherty
For the last six years the always playing injured Dallas Clark has started at least ten games. Last season Clark went under the radar and caught a whopping 77 receptions for 848 yards and six touchdowns. Surprisingly Clark only had six touchdowns after having 11 touchdowns in 2007. The Colts have used Dallas Clar on some play action end arounds the past couple of years, and they seem to work well. clark has speed to burn, he jukes out safties and cornerbacks on his way to the endzone. You could say he had a "Reservation For Six".
Gijon Robinson is expected to enter the Colts training camp as the starting tight end opposite Dallas Clark. Robinson is akward to watch, and he would need to lose some weight to become a better option in the pasing game, but he started fourteen games lastseason, catching nineteen passes for zero touchdowns. Robinson is mainly used as a blocker. He is expected to be used at fullback some this season now that Darrell Reid left in free agency. Tom Santi and Jacob Tamme will challenge him for the second tight end spot. If the Colts add a fullback, and Tamme or Santi beat him out, he might not make the roster. I think he will make it though.
Jacob Tamme made a big splash in last preseason, but his body is not suited for a full time tight end. He looks more like Anthony Gonzalez than Dallas Clark. Tamme was drafted higher than Tom Santi, but Santi got more action last season. Tamme had trouble staying healthy last season. Santi also had trouble staying healthy last season. The Colts used Santi in goalline formations a little.
Last season when Gijon Robinson was the only healthy tight end on the Colts roster, the Colts signed Jamie Pretkowski. Pretkowski is almost guarenteed not to make the roster. He is a local product that some of the staff likes. The same goes for Colin Cloherty.
Comming up next is wide receivers. Until next time, check me out at www.rfor6.blogspot.com and right here at www.indcolts.blogspot.com.