TE Jack Doyle has earned Andrew Luck's trust
- Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday that quarterback Andrew Luck has “a ton of faith and trust” in fifth-year tight end Jack Doyle. The Colts gave Doyle a three-year, $18.9 million contract extension in March after trading Dwayne Allen to New England.
- Doyle enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, seeing his targets jump to 72 from just 14 the previous year. Doyle converted 81.9% of those targets into receptions which ranked second in the league among tight ends who received at least 20 targets.
- The only other tight ends currently on the Colts roster who received NFL snaps last year are Erik Swoope and Brandon Williams. Former undrafted free agent Swoope was targeted just 21 times by Andrew Luck across 9 games in 2016, meanwhile Brandon Williams received just three targets whilst being used as a blocking tight end by the Seahawks.
Doyle’s solid hands also point to his dependability, having registered just three drops on 97 catchable passes in his entire NFL career, for an impressive drop rate of 3.09.
- Doyle registered a PFF grade of 76.0 last season, ranking him 16th among 63 qualifying tight ends. It was by far the best graded season of his career, his previous best being a grade of 69.7 in 2014.