INDIANAPOLIS — This has been quite the year for Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
Following a career year in 2017, Doyle was named to his first Pro Bowl in January. In June, Western Kentucky University put him in their All-Century Team. Also in June, Doyle and his wife Casie established the Jack and Casie Doyle Tuition Assistance Grant at Jack's high school alma mater, Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.
With all of that going on, Doyle is also the leader of a loaded group of tight ends for the Colts. And whenever head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni are asked about standout positions for the Colts, they can't help but mention Doyle and Co.
One of the reasons Reich and Sirianni are so excited about the tight ends is Doyle's new running mate, Eric Ebron. Ebron brings a different dynamic to the position than Doyle, making him an ideal partner in crime.
At the end of mandatory veteran minicamp in June, Reich was asked if there were any groups that surprised him during the offseason.
"I'm really excited about our tight end group," Reich said. "I obviously knew Jack. I knew what a good player Jack was. But getting him and Ebron together has been good and then the depth at tight end, the rest of those tight ends, really, I think have looked good."
Ebron has been excited about joining the squad as well. Even though the former No. 10-overall pick is joining a team that already has a Pro Bowl tight end, Ebron is still looking forward to the partner aspect of the group, especially with Reich's background with the position.
"I feel like with Andrew Luck coming back and playing along with Jack I feel like we can create something that most teams would want," Ebron said.
"That's usually your biggest mismatch on the field [tight ends], especially running beside a guy like Jack. He went to a Pro Bowl, I haven't," Ebron said later in the offseason. "I'm trying to learn everything I can from [him]. I look and stare back there [in the team meeting room] because that's where he sits. Visualization – that's how you make things happen."
Ebron knows that Doyle and him being on the field at the same time can be a big advantage for the Colts, saying:
"I just bring a little bit more versatility to the offense and I do a couple things a little bit different. At the end of the day, me and Jack are here to work side by side and I think that's going to be something to really watch and something that's exciting that I'm excited for and I'm sure the coaches are too."
Last year, Doyle established himself as one of the league's most reliable tight ends. Now, he gets Andrew Luck back, and he has Ebron to help take attention off of him.
The arrow is pointing up for Doyle and the Colts tight ends in 2018.
The NFL announced that tight end Jack Doyle has been selected to his first-career Pro Bowl.