Friday, October 22, 2010
Where do Colts turn without Dallas Clark?
By John Fisher
The Indianapolis Colts announced that All-Pro tight end Dallas Clark will miss the remainder of the season because of an injured wrist. Clark will be missed by the Colts offense, as he trails only Antonio Gates in receiving yards by a tight end since the beginning of 2009. And last season, Clark caught 100 passes, the second-best mark for a tight end in NFL history.
This season, Clark leads all tight ends in targets and receptions, is third in first down catches and fourth in receiving yards. In fact, the difference in targets between Clark and second place (Zach Miller and Chris Cooley) is the same as the difference between second place and 13th on the list.
So where do the Colts turn without Clark? They currently have four tight ends listed on their roster -- Justin Snow, Jacob Tamme, Gijon Robinson and Brody Eldridge. The quartet has combined for just 37 career receptions -- the same number that Clark had by himself in just six games this season. Eldridge is the only one of them who has caught a pass in 2010.
The good news for Indy is that, despite the gaudy statistics put up by Clark, they are not overly reliant on their tight ends. Indianapolis ranks in the middle of the pack in percentage of targets by tight ends, and even lower in percentage of catches made by tight ends.