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Colts 2016 player preview: Tight end Jack Doyle

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason. To pass the time until camp, we’re taking a look at every player on the Colts’ 90-man roster. Today, we’re looking at tight end Jack Doyle.

Who is he?

Jack Doyle is entering his fourth season with the Colts, though in 2016 he figures to have a bigger role than before. In the past three seasons, Doyle has played in 47 games and has started seven of them, recording 35 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns. He has filled the number three tight end role behind Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, though he has still seen significant playing time. He’s a well-rounded player who is capable of contributing as a sure-handed receiver and as a blocker.

What is his role?

Though the Colts gave Dwayne Allen a huge contract extension this offseason, Jack Doyle could still wind up playing a very key role this season. Doyle is the number two tight end behind Allen, meaning that when the offense uses two tight ends it likely will be Doyle stepping in. Furthermore, there’s the ever-present possibility of another injury to Allen. The reality is that Allen has missed at least three games in each of the past three seasons, and he has played through injuries at other points. Previously, the Colts had a nice duo in Coby Fleener and Jack Doyle to step in and fill that role, but now it will likely fall largely on Doyle’s shoulders. He’s a good player and did a very nice job as the team’s number three tight end, but he must be ready for an even bigger role in 2016.

What are his chances?

Doyle will be the Colts’ number two tight end behind Dwayne Allen.