Doyle's status as the top dog was confirmed without question when the Colts traded Dwayne Allen to the Patriots shortly after signing Doyle to a sizable three-year contract. The Indy offense has always made heavy use of tight ends with Andrew Luck under center, and the team is now left with just Erik Swoope behind Doyle on the depth chart. More help is likely coming through free agency and/or the draft, but everything is in place for Doyle to play a huge role in the 2017 Colts' passing game.
Earning a team-best (among tight ends) 68 percent of the offensive snaps last season, Doyle ranked only behind T.Y. Hilton in terms of catches, targets, and receiving yards with 59, 75, and 584, respectively. He also reached the end zone five times in his breakout campaign. Expect Doyle to serve as the Colts' No. 1 tight end in 2017, despite the presence of Dwayne Allen in Indianapolis.
Doyle seems determined to hit the market after the Colts failed to sign him to a long-term deal. He recorded 59 receptions for 584 yards and added five touchdowns last season. He broke through after taking over as the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart midway through the year, beating out Dwayne Allen. Only 26, Doyle will likely attract the attention of several teams looking to bolster their receiving corps.
Doyle led Indianapolis tight ends with 59 receptions for 584 yards and added five touchdowns. He overtook Dwayne Allen as the No. 1 tight end in the passing attack and could see his role grow next season after a breakout year.
Doyle had five receptions for 46 yards on seven targets in Saturday's loss at Oakland.
Doyle had the most targets among Indy's tight ends as Dwayne Allen had four targets and Erick Swoope had one. The three tight ends will likely split targets again in Week 17, but Doyle has emerged as the more targeted option over Allen.
|P2||8/19/17||@ DAL||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ PIT||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|6||10/16/17||@ TEN||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/3/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ BAL||4:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|