In a game that the Colts likely should have won, Jack Doyle was the team’s leading receiver and came up big time and time again. He was a consistent security blanket for quarterback Jacoby Brissett and did not have the same drop issues that have plagued him in recent matchups.
It’s no secret that Doyle has been having an up-and-down year in 2017 so far. The tight end has been nowhere to be found some weeks while he racks up big numbers in others. Much like T.Y. Hilton, some of Doyle’s missing production could be attributed to the lack of a certain franchise quarterback this season.
This Week 12 matchup with the AFC South divisional rival Tennessee Titans was one of Doyle’s good games as he hauled in seven receptions on eight targets for 94 yards with a long reception of 26 yards. Doyle’s 94 yards receiving was good enough to lead all pass catchers for either team.
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Doyle was a favorite option for Brissett as he scrambled for his life in a collapsing pocket for the duration of the afternoon. On the day, the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line allowed eight sacks, which was sadly not the highest total of the season. Sunday’s performance by Doyle continues a promising uptick in recent weeks where he’s had at least six catches in five of the past six games and over 60 yards in three of the past four.
Week 12 added to Doyle’s season numbers bringing his totals to 59 receptions, 544 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and marked his best performance since Week 8. On the season, Doyle has the highest number of receptions for any Colts’ player and is second in yards only to Hilton.
Doyle undoubtedly deserves this week’s MVP award as he has proven his worth to the Indianapolis franchise after signing a large contract extension this offseason.