For now, we’ll say that Alie-Cox is one of the league’s biggest surprises through the first three weeks of 2020 and that the starting position should stay his until he gives Reich and Co. a reason to bench him.
Get ready for more Mo Alie-Cox to the Colts offensive line.
Remember when fans in Indianapolis were concerned about who would emerge as Philip Rivers’ cover of protection given the injury at the beginning of the season to the starting tight ends Jack Doyle and Trey Burton?
That seems to have happened ages ago after Mo Alie-Cox has been forced into a prominent role. Through three games, the third-year-old has become one of Rivers’ favorite targets, recording 10 receptions for a team-high 181 yards and a touchdown.
It would have been understandable for Alie-Cox – fans to worry he would end up splitting the snaps with Doyle after the veteran returned from ankle and knee injuries in Week 3. The former college basketball star Alie Cox, however, is clearly well ahead of his TE rival in the hierarchy of jumper.
According to Andrew Walker of Colts.com, Doyle played a pass-catcher in Sunday’s victory over the Jets — for the first time since week 15 of the 2015 season.
Was wondering how the Colts would bring TE Jack Doyle back in with Mo Alie-Cox at the top.
Doyle was not targeted one – time in Sunday’s victory over the Jets. It was the first time that he had no goals in a game in which he has played since week 15 of the 2015 season.
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You may counter by stating that Alie-Cox only grabbed three targets against New York but he caught all three of them for 50 yards and a touchdown. The stats are by no stretch, but the Colts offense was not asked to do much in a game where defenses beat their opponent.
Think about how off-putting this is.
It isn’t just his excellence as a pass catcher that inspires Alie-Cox to receive such high praise from PFF. The 6-foot-5, 267-pound stud has also been one of the NFL’s most dominant run blocking players for his position. Through three weeks, he has earned a 67.3 – grade, which is good for fifth in the league, so it’s not like he is losing snaps to Doyle in this regard.
Holding at Alie-Cox hype? Well, the Colts offense coordinator Nick Sirianni essentially admitted on Tuesday that the big man is forcing the staff to put him heavily in motion moving forward.
Even with Jack Doyle and Trey Burton returning from injury, Mo Alie-Cox will continue to dominate in the offense.
OC Nick Sirianni: “He made too many plays the last few weeks.”
Big Mo feeds 2020 all the time.
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The Colts should roll with the hot hand in Alie-Cox over seniority and experience in Doyle and in all likelihood do it with great justice. We won’t say that the VCU product is establishing himself as one of the best tight end in the NFL, but that could change by the time the season is over.
For now, we’ll say that Alie-Cox is one of the league’s biggest surprises through the first three weeks of 2020 and that the starting position should remain his until he gives Reich and Co. a reason to bench him. Based on his performance so far, we can confidently say that this is not going to happen.