Tamme hauled in five of eight targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-28 win at Oakland. Tamme is off to a hot start, with 11 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown through two weeks. Top wide receiver Julio Jones has been hobbled by an ankle injury, which has allowed the tight end to see more attention from quarterback Matt Ryan. Next week's Monday Night Football showdown with a susceptible Saints defense offers a good opportunity for Tamme to keep the good times rolling.
Tamme caught six balls for 51 yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. The six catches were the most of any pass catcher on the Falcons, and his eight targets tied for the most looks along with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Tamme only received eight or more targets three times last season, so although the game flow led to the Falcons passing more than they probably would have liked, it's encouraging for Tamme that Ryan feels comfortable looking his way.
Tamme is listed as the starter on Atlanta's depth chart for Week 1 against Tampa Bay. This comes as no surprise, given that Tamme started the second and third games of the preseason, working ahead of both Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo. The rookie is listed No. 2, with Toililo taking the third spot and Joshua Perkins rounding things out at No. 4. Tamme often served as the third option in Atlanta's passing game last season, but he'll probably fall back to fourth or fifth this season, assuming Mohamed Sanu isn't a complete bust. There's also a very real chance that Hooper cuts into Tamme's snap count as the year moves along.
Tamme caught his only target for a nine-yard gain in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns. Tamme's reception came on Atlanta's first offensive snap, but he was quiet for the rest of the night. Levine Toiliolo (one catch for 13 yards) and rookie Austin Hooper (one catch for seven yards) didn't fare much better, and the Falcons haven't gotten much from their tight ends through the first two weeks of the preseason. Tamme is the favorite to serve as the team's primary pass-catching tight end, but as seen last season, it's not a role that comes with much upside.
Tamme caught four balls for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints. Tamme had a rather consistent 2015 season, but consistency and success aren't the same thing. He finished with between 16 and 36 receiving yards in seven of his 15 games, and only once did he top 100 yards. Anyone who started Tamme during his lone 100-plus-yard performance also benefited from Tamme's lone touchdown, but outside of that game against Tampa, Tamme struggled to really make his mark in a decent offense. A second year in the offense and the fact that he'll be in a contract year in 2016 leads us to believe Tamme should improve on his 657 yard, one touchdown season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||San Diego Chargers||28||11.00|
|8||10/30||Green Bay Packers||27||11.00|
|9||11/04||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||3.00|
|13||12/04||Kansas City Chiefs||4||2.00|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||26||10.00|
|15||12/18||San Francisco 49ers||29||12.00|
|17||01/01||New Orleans Saints||6||2.00|
|3 Year Avg||45||31||317||1||16||10.23||37|