Colts: 3 big overreactions to Week 2 win over Vikings
2. Mo Alie-Cox Can Handle Starting TE Role
Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox was a stud against Minnesota in Week 2.
Say it with us, folks: The best ability a professional athlete can offer to his/her respective team is availability. That mantra is used regularly among media members while discussing oft-injured players, and it’s absolutely applicable when discussing the Colts’ current tight end situation.
With Jack Doyle (knee/ankle) and Trey Burton (hip) both sidelined for Sunday’s game, Indianapolis needed third-stringer Mo Alie-Cox to step up. In a pleasant surprise, he answered the call from head coach Frank Reich, tallying five receptions on six targets for a team-high 111 yards.
We all know Philip Rivers loves throwing to his tight ends, and Cox provided a security blanket in the middle of the field that simply wasn’t present in Week 1. We would have liked to see the third-year pro and his 6-foot-5, 267-pound frame targeted more in the red zone, but we don’t want to get too greedy following a big win.
The bottom line is that Alie-Cox proved that he can handle the pressure of being a starting TE, and he at least deserves a fair chance at taking the job from Doyle, assuming his injuries don’t keep him shelved for too long.