Injuries curtailed Jack Doyle's 2018 campaign, but he's expected to contribute once the season opens. A hip injury cost him five games and a lacerated kidney sidelined him for four more. Even if he stays upright for 16 games, the Colts used Doyle as more of an "old school" tight end compared to Eric Ebron's "new school" way. Typically a safer option in full PPR than non-PPR, Doyle is surrounded by more big-bodied and speedy targets than he's had before, suggesting he could turn into a touchdown-or-bust Fantasy player regardless of scoring format. Don't be surprised if he gets drafted on name recognition alone, but you don't have to be the one to do it.
Doyle (hip) ran routes Thursday at full speed, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports. Doyle had surgery to repair a lacerated kidney in November and then had a procedure on his hip during the offseason. He wasn't able to practice with teammates this spring, but Colts general manager Chris Ballard said the tight end could receive medical clearance to practice by mid-June. Even if the optimistic timeline doesn't come to fruition, Doyle appears on track to participate at the outset of training camp. He'll battle for snaps with fellow tight end Eric Ebron (groin), who returned to individual drills earlier this week after having an offseason surgery of his own. The Colts will use some two-TE formations to keep both players on the field, but they'll need to make a difficult choice when they go three-wide. Doyle is a better blocker and drops fewer passes, while Ebron's advantage in speed makes him vastly superior as a vertical receiving threat.
Doyle (hip) has introduced cutting and "position-specific movements" into his rehab process, Mike Chappell of FOX 59 Indianapolis reports. General manager Chris Ballard said Doyle may receive medical clearance as soon as mid-June and should be ready for the start of training camp. The 29-year-old tight end lost 20 pounds in the early stages of his recovery from a lacerated kidney and hip surgery, but he's regained most of the weight over the past couple months. Doyle peaked at 80 catches in 2017, averaging 60.6 snaps per game on a team with no Andrew Luck and little in the way of receiving options behind Doyle and T.Y. Hilton. Following the emergence of Eric Ebron (groin) last season, Doyle likely will have to settle for a smaller workload, though he did average 55.2 snaps, 5.5 targets and 4.3 catches in six 2018 appearances.
Doyle (hip) remains on track for the start of training camp, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports. Although he doesn't have much shot at participating in the offseason program, Doyle at least seems to have avoided setbacks while rehabbing from November surgery to address a lacerated kidney and subsequent offseason surgery for a hip injury. Even if he comes back at full strength, his everydown role from 2017 and early 2018 may be gone after fellow tight end Eric Ebron exploded for 14 touchdowns last season. The Colts hope to find enough targets to keep both players happy, but it might get tricky if T.Y. Hilton stays healthy and Devin Funchess lives up to his one-year, $10 million contract. It's a problem any team would love to have.
Head coach Frank Reich said Doyle (hip) is expected to return to form in time for training camp, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports. "I feel good about it," Reich said. Doyle missed five games with a hip injury early last season and then suffered a lacerated kidney four games after his return, making a grand total of six appearances in 2018. He underwent surgery this offseason to alleviate the lingering pain in his hip, and it seems he's been setback-free in his recovery considering the expectation has always been that Doyle will return for training camp, as the tight end stated in February. Doyle is entering his age-29 season as well as the final year of his contract with the Colts, but more concerning than anything is his ability to co-exist with fellow tight end Eric Ebron, who grabbed 13 touchdowns in 16 games last season.
Doyle (kidney) had offseason hip surgery and hopes to be ready for training camp, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Doyle missed Weeks 3 though 7 of the 2018 campaign with a hip injury and later landed on injured reserve when he suffered a kidney laceration in late November. The second issue may have pushed back his timeline for getting the hip addressed, but he's still hoping to get back on the practice field by late July or August. Once he's back up to speed, Doyle may find himself in a timeshare with Eric Ebron, who erupted for 750 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2018.
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