Throughout his first two years in the league, Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos caught only one pass for five yards. He battled a number of various injuries before his record setting performance in 2013. You see, with Peyton Manning's success comes a number of receivers who wouldn't necessarily be thought of at the top of their game, especially the tight end position.
Dallas Clark knows all about it, so does Jacob Tamme. Neither of these players would have been what they were without Peyton Manning and according to sportsbook odds at TopBet.eu, Manning is ready to take his tight end back to another Super Bowl."
Clark broke a number of records for the Indianapolis Colts while playing with Manning. In his 15 starts in 2007, he had 58 receptions for 616 yards, shattering John Mackey Colts record for receptions for a tight end (55) and touchdowns (11). - Wikipedia.com
He had a stellar career as a member of the Colts highlighted by his performance in 2008 where he would break the Colts' franchise record in yards in a season by a tight end.
In 2011, without Peyton Manning he was limited to 34 receptions for 357 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. He would be released later that year.
Failed stints with Tampa Bay and now Baltimore leave Clark wishing for the days when Manning was throwing him the ball.
The same can be said for former Indianapolis Colts and now member of the Broncos Jacob Tamme.
When Tamme took for an injured Dallas Clark he shocked everyone drawing comparisons between him and Clark. He finished the season with a career-high 67 receptions for 631 yards and 4 touchdowns, but his numbers would decline in 2011 without Manning.
In 2012, Manning and Tamme hooked up again but with the Broncos. It would be Tamme's best season since 2010, catching 52 balls and racking up 555 yards.
This last week, Julius Thomas broke Shannon Sharpe's record for most touchdown receptions in a season by a Broncos tight end and even the Denver Post wants an asterisk on his record.
"No knock on Thomas, but touchdown No. 11 should come with an asterisk, at least a teeny-tiny one."
In a Peyton Manning led offense the tight end is a crucial part of the success. The tight end allows for Manning to have another read available and also a quick outlet if pressure is not handled by the offensive line. There's no surprise that Manning-led teams always have a tight end who is over-producing. There is no difference with the Broncos. To make matters worse, or better for Manning and the Broncos, Julius Thomas is a beast at 6'5 and with a target like that there's no telling what Manning may accomplish.