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.
Doyle brought in seven of eight targets for 47 yards in Thursday's 25-13 loss to the Broncos.
Doyle led the Colts in receptions, yardage and targets on the night, as he continues to serve as a security blanket for second-year quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The fifth-year tight end now has a pair of seven-catch outings in the last four games, and although he's seen the occasional downturn, he continues to build on a breakout year that includes career highs in receptions (71) and receiving yards (611). He'll look to continue building on those numbers versus the Ravens in Week 16.
Doyle had two receptions for four yards on three targets, including a three-yard touchdown, in Sunday's loss at Buffalo.
Doyle had a season low in targets, yards and receptions, but it's hard to read too much into his performance given how much the passing game was limited by playing in a heavy blizzard. He should get more action in the passing game next week against Denver.
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