Jack Doyle has a shot to earn more work in the Colts offense, potentially as their No. 2 tight end. Playing sparingly over the past three seasons, Doyle has three touchdowns over 35 career grabs. But with the Colts losing Coby Fleener via free agency, the door is open for Doyle to take on more work. If he proves to be a regular part of the Indianapolis offense, Doyle could be considered off waivers in typical seasonal Fantasy leagues.
Doyle has signed his qualifying offer to remain with the Colts. Following Coby Fleener's departure in free agency, there figures to be some added snaps available for Doyle in 2016, though Dwayne Allen remains the Colts' top option at tight end, from a fantasy perspective. Doyle finished up the 2015 season with 12 catches for 72 yards and a TD in 16 games for Indy.
The Colts extended a qualifying offer to Doyle on Thursday, the team's official site reports. Initially plucked off waivers from the Titans in September of 2013, Doyle has only missed one game over the past three seasons, but his presence has rarely been felt in the box score. Overall, he's gathered in 35 of 43 targets for 209 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season, while adding seven more catches (on 10 targets) for 30 yards in five postseason tilts. Fellow tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener are about to embark on unrestricted free agency, so if one or both aren't retained, Doyle could make a move up the depth chart.
Doyle had one catch on one target for three yards during Sunday's win over the Titans, finishing the 2015 season with 12 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown on 14 targets in 16 games played. The 25-year-old tight end primarily served as a blocker throughout the season, but received a slight uptick in minutes after Dwayne Allen's season-ending injury in November. Doyle is set to become a restricted free agent, but if he winds up staying with the Colts don't expect an increase in value, given the team also retains Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.
Colts TE Jack Doyle had three receptions for 32 yards and was targeted three times in Sunday's win over Tennessee. Doyle had a larger role with Dwayne Allen out due to a knee injury. Doyle is mostly a blocking tight end and will likely only get a few balls thrown his way per game, if Allen remains out.
Several Colts contributed offensively in the 23-3 win over the Jaguars. Among them, rookie wideout Donte Moncrief caught all four of his targets for 38 yards and had a 4-yard rush. Tight end Coby Fleener hauled in two of his four targets for 28 yards. Receiver Hakeem Nicks had an 16-yard grab, and tight end Jack Doyle made two receptions for 8 yards. They'll all face the Redskins in Week 13.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||2||4.75|
|3 Year Avg||14||12||70||1||4||5.83||13|