Colts Tight End Burning Questions Heading Into 2019 Offseason Program
Joe Robbins | Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS – We are less than two weeks away from the Colts reporting back to work.
The start of the offseason program takes place Monday, April 15, with players beginning the start of eight weeks in Indianapolis.
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 offseason program:
1. What does Eric Ebron need to do to earn a new contract?
For Ebron to definitely become one of the higher paid tight ends in the NFL next spring, he needs to consistently catch the football better in 2019.
Ebron was a Pro Bowler in his first season with the Colts thanks to extraordinary touchdown ability in the red zone.
The next step for the 25-year-old tight end is to be more sure-handed. His catch percentage of 60.6 last year was the second smallest of his 5 NFL seasons.
In Indy, Ebron couldn’t ask for a better offense/quarterback situation as he tries to reach his vast potential.
When Ebron signed with the Colts in March 2018, he was afforded another chance to truly cash in come 2020.
Well, if Ebron can become more dependable this fall, he’s going to earn an even nicer pay day next spring.
2. Will Jack Doyle participate in the offseason program?
Off-season hip surgery will have Jack Doyle on the mend, with Training Camp his likely re-integration.
Like Ebron, Doyle is heading into a contract season, although he’s three years older than his fellow tight end.
A hip and kidney injury kept the durable Doyle to just 6 games in 2018.
Before last year, Doyle had missed 1 game due to injury in his first 5 NFL seasons.
Doyle’s return to health in 2019 is a vital component to this offense reaching higher heights.
He’s easily one of the best blocking tight ends in the league and is an extremely reliable receiver in the underneath passing game.
Those are areas that the Colts had some issues in last year, when Doyle was sidelined.
3. What are the roles for Mo Alie-Cox and Ross Travis?
There might not be another current position group on the roster where the Colts have two more intriguing athletes in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots of the depth chart.
But that’s the case at tight end with Mo Alie-Cox and Ross Travis.
The two former collegiate basketball players have shown flashes of some dynamic playmaking ability in the NFL. However, those have been very small flashes.
With Alie-Cox, the Colts see a player that could be a three-down tight end, as a strong in-line blocker and possess a massive catch radius.
In Travis, the Colts have a gliding 6-6 tight end who can routinely win the 50/50 balls, while also showing some post-catch prowess.
For yet another season, the Colts probably feel as good about tight end as any other position on the roster.
These two guys could be possible tight end answers down the road.