Colts Tight End Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

Colts Tight End Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

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Colts Tight End Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Training Camp

Our burning questions series is back on 1070TheFan.com. What are the major questions about the tight ends of the Indianapolis Colts going into the 2019 Training Camp?

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INDIANAPOLISWe are just two weeks away from Training Camp starting for the Indianapolis Colts.

 

A second year of camp at Grand Park will have the Colts on the practice field starting July 25, with 16 open sessions to the public up in Westfield, Indiana.

 

So it’s time to pick back up our ‘burning questions’ series on 1070TheFan.com

 

Here are our burning questions at the tight end position heading into the 2019 Training Camp:

1. What constitutes as a successful second season for Eric Ebron in Indianapolis?

 

Fantasy football owners won’t like this, but it’s not all determined by his touchdown numbers.

 

For Ebron to make another positive jump and secure a strong pay day coming next spring, it comes down to turning more targets into actual receptions.

 

Ebron caught 60 percent of the balls thrown his way last year, which is not a number you typically see for a Pro Bowl tight end. Of the 42 NFL tight ends who were targeted at least 30 times last year, Ebron had the 4th worst catch percentage.

 

The touchdown number is going to come down, but Ebron can still make strides if he’s able to be more dependable.

 

A strength in Ebron’s game is never going to be a great in-line blocker. So that just adds to the eyes glued on his receiving game and the pressure for him to deliver in that realm, outside of strictly historical touchdown numbers.

2. Will Jack Doyle return to his consistent, reliable self?

 

Late in the spring, Doyle was doing some pretty intense running with the rehab staff, looking like a guy who will be ready for Training Camp.

 

Other factors played into the Colts win/loss record for sure last year, but they did have 4 of their 5 losses when Doyle was off the field.

 

The Colts had to adjust their approach with Doyle lost for the season for good in late November.

 

As the Indy native finishes his hip rehab this summer, he enters a contract year at the age of 29.

 

While Doyle had a couple of rare ball security hiccups last season, he still caught 78.8 percent of his targets, which is the second highest mark of his career.

 

If the health cooperates, Doyle should be back to his trustworthy self, whether it’s on a 3rd-and-5 or in opening up a running lane on early downs.

 

3. What does the role look like for Mo Alie-Cox?

 

Unlike a 3rd running back or a 5th wide receiver, the Colts actually used a 3rd tight end a decent amount in 2018.

 

Frank Reich loves tight ends and he really likes what Alie-Cox brings.

 

This is a guy who first showed he could be an in-line blocker, but also is a very intriguing receiving weapon.

 

Alie-Cox was consistent as a pass catcher this spring, with Ebron and Doyle sidelined.

 

Even if Doyle and Ebron are healthy, Alie-Cox should still play a decent amount. He was even out-snapping Ebron in some games last season.

 

A 20-ish snap role for Alie-Cox is very possible, because he offers a nice versatile piece that can impact the run and/or the pass.

 

 

ICYMI:

 

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