Colts TE Jack Doyle details how he’s befriending new QB Philip Rivers digitally
The NFL offseason has been a little different while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle is still trying to find a way to get comfortable with Philip Rivers. The Colts are still having virtual meetings, but Doyle and Rivers have also been texting back and forth.
Doyle spoke about the exchanges with Jim Avello of the Indianapolis Star:
“I have built a relationship over these meetings and we’ve texted back and forth and have gotten to know him a little bit … I love hearing him talk during the meetings and the way he talks ball is really cool. I see it the same way he does, I guess … So I feel a little connection there already and we will just build off of that.”
One thing Doyle has to be excited about is how much Rivers like to target his tight ends in the passing game. Antonio Gates is one of the best tight ends in NFL history, with an assist from Rivers. Rivers also had a lot of success with Hunter Henry more recently.
With Eric Ebron out in Indy, Doyle is probably going to get even more attention as a receiver. The team also added Trey Burton, another tight end who could really improve his game with Rivers at quarterback.
Doyle said that he is also excited to block for Jonathan Taylor and the rest of the Colts running back room.
“I am always ready to block. I love blocking … Turning those runs into big runs and explosive runs is just extra effort from everyone.”
But the main thing for any player on the Colts offense is gaining familiarity with Rivers. Doyle is trying to get as much virtual work in with his quarterback during this unusual offseason.