Jack Doyle

Jack Doyle

Tight End #84
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 254 lb.
College:Western Kentucky
Born:May 5, 1990
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

Jack Doyle: Regaining weight slowly

Doyle (hip) is still in the process of regaining weight and isn't ready to specify any timeline for his return, George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Doyle estimates that he lost 25 pounds after having kidney surgery in November and hip surgery during the offseason. His body has healed from both procedures, but he needs more time to build up strength and body mass before the Colts clear him for contact work in practice. The 29-year-old tight end was limited to individual drills during the offseason program, including full-speed route running at June minicamp. Despite the clear signs of progress, he may be limited or even unavailable when the Colts open training camp in late July. Once he's back on the field, Doyle will join Eric Ebron (groin) in a high-powered offense that hopes to find regular targets for at least two tight ends.

July 8, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Running routes full speed

Doyle (hip) ran routes Thursday at full speed, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Doyle had surgery to repair a lacerated kidney in November and then had a procedure on his hip during the offseason. He wasn't able to practice with teammates this spring, but Colts general manager Chris Ballard said the tight end could receive medical clearance to practice by mid-June. Even if the optimistic timeline doesn't come to fruition, Doyle appears on track to participate at the outset of training camp. He'll battle for snaps with fellow tight end Eric Ebron (groin), who returned to individual drills earlier this week after having an offseason surgery of his own. The Colts will use some two-TE formations to keep both players on the field, but they'll need to make a difficult choice when they go three-wide. Doyle is a better blocker and drops fewer passes, while Ebron's advantage in speed makes him vastly superior as a vertical receiving threat.

June 13, 2019 11:36 AM EST

Jack Doyle: Resumes cutting

Doyle (hip) has introduced cutting and "position-specific movements" into his rehab process, Mike Chappell of FOX 59 Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: General manager Chris Ballard said Doyle may receive medical clearance as soon as mid-June and should be ready for the start of training camp. The 29-year-old tight end lost 20 pounds in the early stages of his recovery from a lacerated kidney and hip surgery, but he's regained most of the weight over the past couple months. Doyle peaked at 80 catches in 2017, averaging 60.6 snaps per game on a team with no Andrew Luck and little in the way of receiving options behind Doyle and T.Y. Hilton. Following the emergence of Eric Ebron (groin) last season, Doyle likely will have to settle for a smaller workload, though he did average 55.2 snaps, 5.5 targets and 4.3 catches in six 2018 appearances.

June 2, 2019 5:59 AM EST

Jack Doyle: Still on track for camp

Doyle (hip) remains on track for the start of training camp, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports.

Analysis: Although he doesn't have much shot at participating in the offseason program, Doyle at least seems to have avoided setbacks while rehabbing from November surgery to address a lacerated kidney and subsequent offseason surgery for a hip injury. Even if he comes back at full strength, his every-down role from 2017 and early 2018 may be gone after fellow tight end Eric Ebron exploded for 14 touchdowns last season. The Colts hope to find enough targets to keep both players happy, but it might get tricky if T.Y. Hilton stays healthy and Devin Funchess lives up to his one-year, $10 million contract. It's a problem any team would love to have.

May 14, 2019 5:32 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Coach expects training camp return

Head coach Frank Reich said Doyle (hip) is expected to return to form in time for training camp, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports. "I feel good about it," Reich said.

Analysis: Doyle missed five games with a hip injury early last season and then suffered a lacerated kidney four games after his return, making a grand total of six appearances in 2018. He underwent surgery this offseason to alleviate the lingering pain in his hip, and it seems he's been setback-free in his recovery considering the expectation has always been that Doyle will return for training camp, as the tight end stated in February. Doyle is entering his age-29 season as well as the final year of his contract with the Colts.

March 28, 2019 1:12 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Aiming for training camp

Doyle (hip/kidney) had offseason hip surgery and hopes to be ready for training camp, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Doyle missed Weeks 3-7 of the 2018 campaign with a hip injury and later landed on injured reserve when he suffered a kidney laceration in late November. The second issue may have pushed back his timeline for getting the hip addressed, but he's still hoping to get back on the practice field by late July or August. Once he's back up to speed, Doyle may find himself in a timeshare with Eric Ebron, who erupted for 750 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2018.

February 27, 2019 12:15 PM EST

Jack Doyle: May need hip surgery

Doyle, who underwent season-ending surgery in November to address a lacerated kidney admitted Sunday that he could require another procedure during the offseason to address a hip/lower-back injury, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Doyle first developed the hip issue in Week 2 and missed five straight weeks before returning to game action Week 8 in Oakland. He would go on to play four consecutive contests before being shut down for good when he required the emergency surgery for his kidney. While Doyle noted that none of his health issues are considered career-threatening, he's still continuing to recover from the November surgery and could get his hip fixed while he's on the mend. For what it's worth, Doyle said he expects to be ready to go for OTAs in April, but that's far from a certain thing at this juncture.

January 14, 2019 9:13 AM EST

Jack Doyle: Released from hospital

Coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Doyle (kidney) was discharged from the hospital and is "doing well" in his recovery from surgery, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: Though it wasn't announced that Doyle suffered an injury in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Dolphins, it was revealed a day later that he was hospitalized after requiring an emergency procedure to address the kidney concern. The Colts consequently moved Doyle to injured reserve, paving the way for Eric Ebron to act as the team's clear top target at tight end the rest of the season. Reich noted that Doyle is expected to make a "quick, speedy recovery" from the procedure, setting the 28-year-old up to enter the 2019 campaign at full strength. Doyle wrapped up an injury-plagued 2018 season with 26 receptions for 245 yards and two scores across six appearances.

November 28, 2018 10:23 AM EST

Jack Doyle: Headed for IR with kidney injury

Doyle will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a kidney injury during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Dolphins, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Admitted to the hospital Sunday night, Doyle had a successful procedure and is expected to be released from the hospital soon, per Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis. Eric Ebron has proven more than capable of shouldering the pass-catching burden at tight end, but he's a clear downgrade from Doyle as a run blocker. The 2014 first-round pick drew 50 targets in five games when Doyle missed Weeks 3-7 with a hip injury. This doesn't sound like an issue with potential to impact Doyle's availability for 2019.

November 26, 2018 1:17 PM EST

Jack Doyle: May miss rest of season

Doyle is expected to land on injured reserve after suffering an undisclosed injury during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Dolphins, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Doyle logged a season-low 38 snaps (55 percent) against Miami, hauling in each of his four targets for 16 yards and a touchdown. It's unclear if this is related to the hip injury that caused him to miss five consecutive games Weeks 3-7. Whatever the case, Eric Ebron should now have volume consistency to go with the enormous touchdown upside he's already displayed. Coach Frank Reich is expected to provide an update Monday afternoon/evening.

November 26, 2018 12:59 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Catches touchdown pass

Doyle caught all four of his targets for 16 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Doyle's long gain went for just seven yards, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Eric Ebron enjoyed more targets and receiving yardage, adding a pair of touchdown grabs of his own. While still involved in the passing attack, Doyle has taken a backseat to Ebron and and T.Y. Hilton, who continue to thrive alongside Andrew Luck. He'll hope to make a bigger impact next Sunday against the Jaguars.

November 25, 2018 6:40 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Snags four passes in win

Doyle caught all four of his targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 38-10 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: After being sideline for an extended period with a hip injury, Doyle is still easing into things with seven catches for 79 yards in his past two games after a six-catch return in Week 8. His 14 targets since his return, as compared to Eric Ebron's six, shows how he's valued in Indianapolis, but Ebron has still arguably been more valuable with three touchdowns during that span to Doyle's one. Monitor whether Ebron continues to essentially vulture touchdowns from Doyle and the rest of Indy's receivers next Sunday against a middle-of-the-pack Miami defense.

November 18, 2018 3:10 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Just three receptions Sunday

Doyle had three receptions for 36 yards on three targets in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: After Doyle had six receptions and seven targets last week in his first game back after missing five games due to a hip injury, it looked like he would dominate the targets at tight end. His performance was underwhelming and paled in comparison to Eric Ebron's three-touchdown performance. However, it's worth noting that Ebron played just 21 snaps on offense while Doyle played 48 snaps and Ebron had a similar number of targets.

November 12, 2018 8:55 AM EST

Jack Doyle: Strong performance in return

Doyle caught six of seven targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-28 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: A hip injury had kept Doyle out since Week 2, but he returned in style, leading the team in receiving yards. The highlight of his day was a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Fellow tight end Eric Ebron also found pay dirt in this one, showing that the talented pair should be able to coexist after the team's Week 9 bye.

October 28, 2018 6:04 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Cleared to play

Doyle (hip) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders after practicing fully Friday.

Analysis: Doyle is thus poised to see his first game action since injuring his hip in Week 2 action. Upon his return, he should re-emerge as a key target for QB Andrew Luck, though the presence of fellow tight end Eric Ebron, who handled a high-volume role in Doyle's absence, suggests that ample targets for Doyle may not be available every week. He therefore profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in Week 8.

October 26, 2018 12:25 PM EST

Jack Doyle: On track to return Sunday

Doyle, who has missed five games due to a hip injury, is on track to play Sunday against the Raiders, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: We'll have to see if Doyle ends up listed as questionable for Sunday's game, or heads into the weekend without an injury designation. His anticipated return would no doubt bolster the Colts' passing attack, but represents a hit to the fantasy upside of fellow tight end Eric Ebron.

October 26, 2018 10:58 AM EST

Jack Doyle: Takes part in Friday's practice

Doyle (hip) participated in Friday's practice, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: It won't be clear until after practice how much Doyle was able to do, but this is his third straight day on the practice field, so he will have a chance to play Sunday for the first time since Week 2.

October 26, 2018 8:46 AM EST

Jack Doyle: Remains limited at practice

Doyle (hip) logged another limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Coach Frank Reich noted Wednesday that Doyle has a shot to return to action Sunday against the Raiders, but at this stage we wouldn't consider the tight end a lock to suit up in Week 8. If he's limited or out this weekend, Eric Ebron would once again be heavily counted on in the Colts passing game.

October 25, 2018 12:53 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Returns as limited participant

Doyle (hip) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant.

Analysis: Doyle previously hadn't practiced in any capacity since Week 2 when he first injured his hip. Given the length of his absence, it will be hard to have confidence in his status for Sunday's game at Oakland unless he logs a full session by the end of the week. Coach Frank Reich didn't exactly sound confident Wednesday morning, merely noting that he thinks Doyle has a shot to return.

October 24, 2018 3:21 PM EST

Jack Doyle: Back at practice

Coach Frank Reich said that Doyle (hip) would practice Wednesday and has a shot at suiting up Sunday against the Raiders, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: Reich didn't elaborate on how extensively Doyle will be involved in Wednesday's session, but it's a positive sign nonetheless for the tight end, who has missed the Colts' last five games with the hip issue. In light of his lengthy absence and lack of on-field reps during that time, it seems more likely than not that Doyle is ultimately withheld from action Sunday, especially with the Colts heading into a bye week after the contest. If Doyle does demonstrate enough progress in practice this week to earn an active status against Oakland, he may handle only a limited role behind Eric Ebron, who has been highly productive while Doyle has been sidelined.

October 24, 2018 9:05 AM EST

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