The Colts still have a few weaknesses on their roster, but the tight end position is not one of them.
Indianapolis already had a strong tight end room heading into the offseason with Jack Doyle, Ross Travis, and a potentially healthy Erik Swoope. But general manager Chris Ballard picked up another weapon to add to the depth chart in free agent Eric Ebron.
Zach Ertz had a career year as the Eagles’ top tight end with 824 receiving yards on 74 catches with 8 touchdowns.
Philadelphia spread the ball around to their other tight ends as well. Trey Burton gained 248 yards through the air on 23 receptions with 5 touchdowns, and Brent Celek had 130 receiving yards on 13 catches with a touchdown.
I’d expect the Colts’ tight end touches to be more evenly distributed among Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron as the gap in talent between the two players isn’t that large.
Doyle gained 690 yards receiving on 80 catches with 4 touchdowns as the top tight end last season. Even though the addition of Ebron will cut into those numbers a bit, the upgrade at quarterback from Jacoby Brissett to Andrew Luck will allow Doyle to earn more yards per reception even if his total number of touches goes down.
We’ll learn a lot about how Frank Reich plans to deploy these two talented tight ends in training camp and the preseason.
While I don’t believe Doyle’s production will take a huge dip in 2018, he probably won’t get enough touches to be a tight end you should target in your fantasy draft.