2017 Free Agent Watch: Tight End Jack Doyle

Intro: We are less than two months away from the 2017 free agency beginning, so it’s time to analyze the nine unrestricted free agents for the Colts. Next up is tight end Jack Doyle.


INDIANAPOLIS – Definitely.

That was the response Ryan Grigson gave back in December when asked if Jack Doyle was a priority to re-sign in 2017.

Doyle enters his first NFL free agency off a career-year.

No one could have pegged Doyle as the team's second-leading receiver back in September, but there he was at the end of the season catching 59 balls for 584 yards and five touchdowns.

The trust Andrew Luck has in Doyle was seen throughout several critical moments in 2016.

Whether it was game-winning touchdowns against the Titans or Jaguars, or a third-down play to help ice the game in Green Bay, Doyle stepped up when the Colts needed him the most.

How big of a jump did Doyle make in his fourth NFL season?

Doyle came into 2016 with five career starts and a total of 35 catches for 209 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons.

In 2016, with Coby Fleener no longer in Indianapolis, Doyle started 14 games, hauling in 59 balls for 584 yards and five touchdowns.

Not only did Doyle's reliability, on a bigger stage, turn heads in his hometown of Indianapolis, but he was the NFL's most consistent tight end.

Among NFL tight ends with at least 50 targets this past season, Doyle had the highest catch percentage (78.6 percent, 59-of-75 balls caught).

Doyle, 26, is easily one of the most well liked teammates inside the Colts' locker room.

"He's one of those guys you tell him to do something, he does it," T.Y. Hilton says of Doyle, who has yet to miss an NFL game due to injury in four seasons.

"It's special to have Jack. The things he's done out there on the field are incredible."

About the only thing that could hold the Colts back from re-signing Doyle this offseason would be what the market looks like for the local product.

Only one other free agent tight end (New England's Martellus Bennett) had more receiving yards than Doyle last year.

As long as the outside suitors do not break the bank in pursuing Doyle, the Colts should have enough money to bring back one of their most dependable players.

*2017 Free Agent Watch

-Safety Mike Adams: Adams Watch*

-Cornerback/Safety Darius Butler: Butler Watch

-Outside Linebacker Chris Carter: Carter Watch

-Outside Linebacker Trent Cole: Cole Watch

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