Colts HC Frank Reich ‘really excited’ about tight end group in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich was around some very good tight ends during his two years as Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. Zach Ertz was a central piece in his offense, while Trey Burton and Brent Celek were also worthwhile contributors.
Reich will now have Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron as his primary tight ends in Indianapolis, and he is high on the potential those two possess.
“I’m really excited about our tight end group,” Reich said, via Andrew Walker of the Colts’ official website. “I obviously knew Jack. I knew what a good player Jack was. But getting him and Ebron together has been good.”
Reich has every right to be excited. Doyle is coming off a terrific season in 2017. He set new career-highs with 80 catches and 690 receiving yards as he made his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
Meanwhile, Ebron is one of the more athletic players at the tight end position. He wasn’t quite able to live up to the high expectations in Detroit, which was why the Lions opted to let him walk. But he nevertheless still possesses tremendous potential, which Reich and the Colts could help unlock.
Ebron and Doyle provide different skill sets to the Colts offense. Doyle is a reliable safety valve who can take advantage of intermediate routes, while Ebron is capable of stretching the field with his speed and explosiveness.
With the Colts’ current lack of a reliable No. 2 wide receiver behind T.Y. Hilton, their two tight ends may need to step up and provide a consistent option for Andrew Luck in the passing game.