Doyle led the team in receiving last year, catching 80 balls. He was the security blanket last year. But he could really breakout this year.
With the Colts having Jacoby Brissett start most of the games last year, they needed someone they could rely on as a receiver. Someone who could be counted on to make big catches when needed. That guy turned out to be tight end Jack Doyle.
Doyle was the leading receiver last year, and was one of the few true receiving threats. He always seemed to come up with key catches when the Colts needed it the most. Brissett continued to target him time and time again. This season might not be much different.
With Andrew Luck coming back, the Colts will have more receiving threats they can utilize. T.Y. Hilton will definitely receive his share of targets. But he will also get a lot of attention. And having him being double covered leaves Doyle open to get more targets.
Luck will be able to put all of his receiving targets in better spots than Brissett did a season ago. Doyle should be put in better spots to succeed. His catches will almost certainly diminish, but his touchdown numbers could go way up. He only had four last season. That total could double this year.
The Colts rewarded Doyle’s steady play with a brand new contract to the tune of 3 years for $19 million last offseason. Immediately after that he turned his best season as a pro. He is an extremely hard worker who will only get better.
Doyle is also one of the Colts’ best run blockers. He is frequently used as a lead blocker on running plays. Doyle truly is a jack of all trades and has earned the trust of everyone in the locker room. And this year his receiving yards and touchdowns could vault up.
Colts fans are lucky to have the Indianapolis native on their team. He is a great player who is only getting better.