4. Tight end group
2019 TE group
TE1: Eric Ebron
TE2: Jack Doyle
TE3: Mo Alie-Cox
2020 TE group
TE1: Jack Doyle
TE2: Trey Burton
TE3: Mo Alie-Cox
The tight end group has gone through many changes this decade; 7 different players at the position have suited up and started for the Colts since 2010. Eric Ebron was one of the better players from that group of seven. He had the 2nd-most receiving TDs in the NFL with 13 in his first season with the team (2018). It looked like a dream pairing between Luck and Ebron; the TE was targeted 110 times. Ebron made the Pro Bowl and looked like he was on a path to a great career.
His NFL past caught up to him the following year. Without Luck throwing him the ball, Ebron was targeted only 52 times and scored just 3 times. Before heading to IR after 11 games, it was clear that his role on the team was diminishing despite his incredible season a year prior.
Jack Doyle has been a stalwart addition to the team since breaking into the starting role in 2015. He’s been both Luck and Brissett’s favorite target on the receiving end. He’s also been a key piece in the development of the offensive line; Doyle is a dual-threat TE who always gets his hands dirty on the blocking end.
Doyle has been selected to two Pro Bowls in his career; one while catching Luck’s passes (2017) and the other last season with Brissett. He’s going to move forward as the #1 TE for the team.
Trey Burton is coming to Indianapolis as Ebron’s replacement. He’s familiar with Reich’s system during his tenure with Philadelphia. He’s a smaller TE in comparison to Doyle and has a similar build to Pittman Jr. Burton will be a great addition for Rivers down the field in 2020. Although he’s not the same receiving threat as Ebron, he’ll be a good piece for the future.
The verdict: Worse