Doyle had two receptions for 20 yards on five targets in Sunday's win at Washington.
Eric Ebron had more receptions (3) and caught a touchdown, but Doyle had more targets (Ebron had 3) and played more snaps on offense (59 to Ebron's 17 snaps). While Ebron may take away red zone targets from Doyle, it doens't look like Indy's two-tight end usage is a threat to Doyle's target share despite mediocre production against Washington.
Doyle caught two of four targets for 32 yards in Monday's preseason loss to the Ravens.
Doyle, Chester Rogers and Eric Ebron each drew four targets in the first half, sharing the team lead before scrubs took over. Doyle got all of his chances from Andrew Luck, while Ebron saw two targets apiece from Luck and Jacoby Brissett. It increasingly seems likely that Ebron gets most of his playing time in two-TE formations, rather than posing any threat to Doyle's every-down role. The 28-year-old averaged 5.3 catches, 7.1 targets and 60.6 offensive snaps per game last season, ranking top five among tight ends in each category.
While the addition of Ebron will make it difficult for Doyle to match last year's career-high marks of 80 receptions and 107 targets, the expected return of Andrew Luck (shoulder) should provide the 27-year-old with more scoring opportunities, not to mention the potential for improvement on sub-par 2017 marks of 8.6 yards per catch and 6.4 per target. The Colts figure to make heavy use of two-TE formations, which should help compensate for a lack of talent at running back and wide receiver. New head coach Frank Reich previously served as coordinator for an Eagles offense that distributed 185 targets to tight ends in 2016 and 163 in 2017, accounting for 29.7 percent of the team total in his two-year tenure. Luck recently progressed to throwing footballs and could begin working with his teammates as soon as late April.
Doyle had four receptions for 38 yards on five targets, including a six-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over Houston.
Doyle was one of the few things working well for the Indy offense in 2017 as he finished with 80 receptions for 690 yards and four touchdowns. His production could get a boost if Andrew Luck is able to return from a shoulder injury in 2018.
Doyle had five receptions for 41 yards on 10 targets in Saturday's loss at Baltimore.
Doyle figured prominently into the passing game even if he was only able to connect half the time with Jacoby Brissett. He had eight receptions for 63 yards the last time the Colts faced the Texans, who they play again in Week 17.
|3||9/23/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|5||10/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|13||12/2/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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