Last season, the Colts used the tight ends a lot. But with them getting new weapons, they might be utilizing them less this season.
Eric Ebron was a Pro Bowl players last season because of how many touchdown catches he was able to have. He had 14 total touchdowns, with 13 of them being receiving. But don’t expect him to get quite as many this season. He will be lucky to crack double digits.
This is not a knock on Ebron. He played great in stretches, although he still does have a problem with drops. He won’t get that many touchdown catches because the Colts have more weapons on the outside that they will utilize. The ball will get spread around more.
Andrew Luck loves throwing to the tight end position. Mainly because Jack Doyle and Ebron are mostly reliable targets who can make big catches. But now that more reliable threats have been brought in on the outside, he should be able to spread the wealth a little bit more.
Parris Campbell and Devin Funchess gives the Colts more deep threats on the outside. It also gives them some more guys who they can count on to catch the ball. The running game also figures to be a bigger part of their offense. All of that adds up to less production for the tight ends.
But reduced production doesn’t mean bad things in this case. In this case, it means that the team has spread around the wealth, and that makes them more dangerous and hard to stop. If they’re harder to stop, they’ll score more points and win more games.
It wouldn’t shock me to see Ebron’s production go down. But that doesn’t mean he’s playing worse. It may mean the offense is playing at it’s full capacity.