When Chris Ballard arrived in Indianapolis back in February he had some decisions to make.
The Colts were coming off of back-to-back 8-8 seasons and another missed postseason. Simply put, the roster was struggling to surround Andrew Luck with enough talent.
One of those decisions was whether or not to bring back tight end Jack Doyle. Doyle was coming off a career year in which he had 59 catches for 584 yards and five touchdowns. All career highs.
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Ballard elected to bring back Doyle on a three-year deal worth almost $19 million. Shortly after, the Colts shipped off starter Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots.
Now Doyle will be “the guy” headed into the season. And Ballard has nothing but praises for the former undrafted free agent.
“Jack Doyle was an important guy,” Ballard said when speaking to Colts.com “He stood for everything we want to stand for. He worked. He earned his way. And had a really good season last year.
Doyle was Luck’s security blanket time and time again in 2016. And that did not go unnoticed for the new GM.
“I thought that deserved to be rewarded. And that’s what I want our players to understand. When you do the right things and you produce, you’re going to get rewarded for it.”
Now all Jack has to do is keep producing.