Doyle may be headed for a multi-game stint playing nearly every snap, as Allen was deemed week-to-week after exiting Monday's loss to Houston with an ankle sprain that's believed to be severe. Doyle logged 66 of 74 offensive snaps (89 percent) Monday night, catching all four of his targets for 53 yards and a touchdown -- his third score of the season. This could be the rare case in which a backup has more fantasy value than the injured starter he's replacing, as Doyle and Allen were previously eating into each other's targets. Neither has individually drawn more than six in any game this season, but they've combined for nine or more in four of Indy's six games. Wideouts Donte Moncrief (shoulder) and Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) will join Allen on the inactive list Sunday in Tennessee, leaving Doyle and rookie WR Chester Rogers as T.Y. Hilton's leading complements.
Doyle caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Texans.
Dwayne Allen exited the game with an ankle injury early in the first quarter, leaving Doyle in an every-down role as the top tight end, ultimately logging 64 of the 71 offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. While he didn't get a corresponding bump in target volume, Doyle made the most of his limited looks, just as he's done all season. He's now hauled in 20 of his 23 targets for 204 yards, with three of those catches going for touchdowns, including a score from 22 yards out Sunday night. In the event Allen is unavailable, Doyle could be a big part of the offense in Week 7 against Tennessee.
Doyle played just 28 of 68 snaps on offense as the
Doyle had fewer targets than Dwayne Allen (four), but neither tight end was very involved in the passing game despite Andrew Luck attempting 42 passes. Doyle played 42 of 80 snaps on offense (Allen played 62), so he should bounce back and remain a significant factor in the passing game.
Doyle continues to be efficient in the passing game, as his 86.7-percent catch rate (13 of 15 targets) is the best rate for tight ends with at least 11 targets. He also got more targets than Dwayne Allen, as the duo will likely split opportunities in the passing attack.
|7||10/23/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/5/16||@ NYJ||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
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