Colts don’t have a top-32 ranked tight end but that could change soon
The Indianapolis Colts don’t have one of the top-ranked tight ends but they have a few candidates who could make their way up the list.
Recently, Pro Football Network did a top 32 rankings of the best tight ends heading into next season. To no surprise, the Indianapolis Colts weren’t represented on this list. Indy doesn’t have a tight end that has established himself as one of the top players at the position, even on a list 32 deep.
However, that may change soon. The Colts are focused on building a tight end-centric passing game, and in order to do that, they need multiple talented tight ends. That’s what Indianapolis has spent the last few years doing, building up the tight end room.
This offseason, the Colts re-signed Mo Alie-Cox to a three-year deal. With Jack Doyle retired, Alie-Cox is currently the top tight end for Indy. In last year’s Draft, Indianapolis selected Kylen Granson, and the team got even more tight ends in this year’s Draft by selecting Jelani Woods and Andrew Ogletree.
With the combination of Alie-Cox, Granson, Woods, and Ogletree, one will have to emerge as a dominant passing threat, or they will all work together to create an elite tight end committee. Whichever it is, the Colts need production from the tight end position.
Will a tight end breakout for Colts next season?
With the offense being centered around Jonathan Taylor and the run game, it makes sense that Frank Reich would want a lot of tight ends so that Indy can use packages with multiple tight ends on the field. This will give the Colts the ability to run and pass effectively out of similar formations.
Also, since Indianapolis doesn’t have the strongest group of wide receivers, it would make sense to have a lot of tight end action in the middle of the field. Matt Ryan will probably build consistent connections with the tight ends on play-action plays, and especially in the red zone.
Does that mean that one guy will emerge as a top-10 tight end next season? Probably not. However, the group of tight ends should contribute to a developed passing attack that gets all of the tight ends in Indianapolis more recognition.