3. Xavier Grimble
The Colts will have to choose between tight ends Xavier Grimble and Mo Alie-Cox.
The Colts have a significant advantage this season of putting Trey Burton in the slot, and early indications are he’ll be the “hinge” of their entire offense. Philip Rivers-hating Jack Doyle (as a kid, as a kid!) has to have a big season on the other side to justify his semi-premature extension.
That leaves converted VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox and former reliable Steeler Xavier Grimble as tight end options who might have to fight for their roster spots. In the interest of keeping the number at three, we’re going to theorize that Grimble gets the boot.
Indy has already devoted so much time to Alie-Cox’s development, spending his age 25 and age 26 seasons teaching him how to get rebounding position on opposing DBs. The early returns are, at the very least, interesting — Alie-Cox played in all 16 games in 2019, though he was only targeted 11 times, and didn’t catch a touchdown pass after snagging two in ’18.
Add to this equation that Grimble is coming off a midseason release by the Steelers with an injury settlement, and it seems clear that Indy has an easier path now that Burton has entered the picture.