1. Mo Alie-Cox
Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox could become a factor in Trey Burton’s absence.
Yes, Jack Doyle will remain Indianapolis’ No. 1 option entering Week 1 and beyond, and the loss of Burton actually will hurt. It’s tough to downplay it.
But we suspect the Colts and Nick Sirianni won’t entirely abandon the two-TE sets he had planned for Doyle and Burton simply because of the personnel change. A month ago, they were expected to be a major part of the gameplan, and Alie-Cox, the former VCU college basketball player turned developmental prospect, actually has more continuity in the system than Burton anyway.
Indianapolis entered 2020 planning to emphasize their tight ends far more than they did in 2019, at the tail end of Eric Ebron’s reign of terror. After bringing in reinforcements after the 53-man roster crunch resolved itself, Alie-Cox still remains the No. 2 on the depth chart, with a prime opportunity to execute in Burton’s place.
If there was ever a time to push the envelope and hope to prove something and gain knowledge for the remainder of the season, it’s Week 1. This is Jacksonville on the other side of the field, after all.
Check back in with us after Alie-Cox becomes more of a factor than we thought he’d be a month ago.