New Orleans Saints need to consider trying to trade for Jack Doyle
The New Orleans Saints were a fairly complete team this past season. For the most part they had top players at every position, but there was one spot that was a glaring spot. The Saints got very little from their tight ends this year, and it’s something they’ll need to address this offseason. Benjamin Watson, their top tight end this past year, is retiring and leaving them with a gaping hole at the position.
The Saints used to always have great tight ends, but they haven’t been able to replicate that success ever since their acquisition of Coby Fleener didn’t pan out. Fleener was a massive bust in New Orleans, and the Saints have gotten pretty much no production from the position in recent years.
The franchise is in win-now mode, and can’t afford to wait for a draft pick to develop, so their best route is a trade. One name that should be available and who the Saints should be very interested in is Jack Doyle.
Doyle had a bit of a disappointing year in 2018, but he’s proven he can play like one of the top tight ends in the league. He struggled with injuries this past year, and also got passed by Eric Ebron on the depth chart. He ended up appearing in just six games, but still caught 26 passes in those six games. The year before he racked up nearly 700 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games, and that was without Andrew Luck at quarterback.
With Ebron in the fold, the Colts no longer have much need for Jack Doyle and will almost certainly be shopping him. Due to his down year last season, he can likely be had pretty cheap. The Saints could probably acquire him for a middle to late round draft pick, and Mickey Loomis should definitely inquire.
After Michael Thomas, the Saints had few reliable receiving options this year, and Drew Brees was mostly throwing to a varying cast of unknowns. A proven reliable tight end would do wonders for New Orleans’ offense, and make life much easier for Brees.
Jack Doyle is the best option to target in a trade, and he’s still only 28.