The Colts have used their tight ends well over the years. It is a key position in their offense. Who will be the breakout candidate from this group this season?
Tight end is one of the most versatile positions in the Colts’ offense. They use them a lot in the passing game, and a decent amount in the running game as blockers. They have three solid tight ends right now. One of them is about to get his mojo back.
The breakout candidate for this position group is Jack Doyle. Doyle led the team in catches in 2017, and was a key target for Jacoby Brissett in times of distress. But last year, he only played in 6 games because of a hip injury and a kidney injury.
Doyle was missed badly early in the year. He is the Colts’ best lead blocker and he has some of the most reliable hands on the team. Eric Ebron was able to pick up the slack in terms of production, but Doyle is poised to breakout this year. With Ebron getting more attention, Doyle will get the ball more.
Andrew Luck loves Doyle. Doyle is his security blanket. He loves going to him on third down, especially in third and medium situations. This isn’t to say that the rest of the tight ends aren’t good, but Doyle is still the best overall tight end the Colts have.
Because of Doyle’s presence, the running game should take off too. It was strong to end last year, but it will tick up another level with their best lead blocker back. But his personal numbers should be strong as well.
Doyle knows that he will be needed to stay on the field. If he can stay healthy, this offense is scary.