The Colts took Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the second and third rounds of the 2012 draft, reviving what had long been an Indianapolis staple: the two tight end offense.
I thought it would be useful to look at a brief history of two tight ends in Indy, to see when it took hold and where it has gone in recent years.
Though Marcus Pollard and Ken Dilger pre-date Peyton Manning with the Colts, the actual history of two tight-ends is sparse before 1998.
In the pre-Peyton days, the Colts had two tight ends each pick up more than 100 yards in a season just four times. The most prolific duo was Kerry Cash and Charles Arbuckle in 1992, accounting for roughly 21% of the total passing offense and combining for 673 yards, the bulk of that by Cash. The first year Dilger and Pollard both had 100 yards receiving in the same season was 1997, with Pollard going for 116 and Dilger 380. That represented 16% of the Indianapolis passing yards.
In 1998, everything changed forever.