The Denver Broncos' Jacob Tamme, a former Boyle County and University of Kentucky standout, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning in the team's 24-17 win against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.
The tight end, who typically makes his mark more so on special teams, said he'll do whatever it takes to help his team avenge its Super Bowl loss on Sunday against Seattle.
"Special teams is something I take a lot of pride in," Tamme told The Denver Post. "I love to tackle. It's fun. I know how the play on special teams can impact a game."
Tamme told the Post that he's glad the team will have wide receiver Wes Welker back from suspension and a preseason concussion, even though that's likely to diminish his role on offense.
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"He makes our team better," Tamme said. "Whether it makes my role smaller I don't know. Whatever they ask me to do I'm good with it. That always has been my thought process. Whatever my role is on any given week, I'm prepared to do it."
The 29-year-old Tamme told the newspaper that he's starting to feel like an NFL veteran.
"Both my body and my mind feel great. I'm in the best shape of my life, and that excites me," he said. "I feel like I can do a lot of good things out there. But I also know we have a bunch of good players so it's not easy to get on the field and get a bunch of catches."
Ex-Cat DeQuin Evans shines in CFL return
Former University of Kentucky standout DeQuin Evans, now with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders, wasn't supposed to see much playing time in his first game back from a knee injury Sept. 13 against Toronto. But injuries on the same play to fellow defensive linemen Charleston Hughes and Demonte' Bolden changed that.
"That was crazy, man," Evans told The Calgary Sun. "And it just so happened that was my first game back after, like, eight weeks. I was fortunate enough that my knee was healed up."
Evans, who spent part of three seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad, had one of his team's two quarterback sacks in a 40-33 victory. He said he's ready to play as much as needed Sunday against Montreal.
"I was very winded, playing special teams as well (against the Argos)," he told the newspaper. "And the only thing that gets you in game-shape is playing in games.
"You can come out here and practice and do all the exercises you want. But nothing can (replicate) a game except the game.
"So now I'm ready. I'm in game-shape now."
Vikings sign former Lloyd Memorial standout
The Minnesota Vikings signed receiver Charles Johnson off the Cleveland Browns' practice squad to replace Jerome Simpson. The Vikings announced the move Saturday, two days after they cut Simpson after learning of another arrest this summer.
Johnson, who played in high school at Lloyd Memorial, is in his second season out of Grand Valley State. He has experience with the Vikings' offense after playing for offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner when the father-son tandem was in Cleveland last season.
Johnson has yet to appear in an NFL game.