It looks like the Colts will get their number one tight end back for their game against the Raiders. What does his return for the field do for this offense?
The Colts have been playing without Jack Doyle since week two against the Redskins. He has been out with a hip injury. With his absence, Andrew Luck has gone to Eric Ebron more. But how will this offense change now that the number one tight end is back?
To be clear, nothing is certain. Doyle is a game time decision. But there is every indication that he will play tomorrow against the Raiders. If he doesn’t play, he will certainly play after the bye week. That extra week of rest will surely give him what he needs.
But if he does play tomorrow, that opens up the offense. He is Luck’s security blanket. He has one of the most reliable set of hands on the entire team. Having him available would just give Luck another weapon to throw to. He is a guy they go to a lot on third down.
Doyle does a good job of blocking as well. He is typically a lead blocker in running situations. He does a good job of opening up holes for Marlon Mack. If he his back in there tomorrow, the running game could be even better.
Getting Doyle back at this stage in the season is a big get for this team. He will help this team continue to win at a critical juncture of the season.