Jack Doyle is about to celebrate his first wedding anniversary and will soon become a father, he’s making more money than ever before in his NFL career and the Indianapolis Colts are expecting to rely upon the tight end in a more expanded role in 2016.
“Yeah, life is going pretty good,” he said. “I’m just hoping to keep it that way. Knock on wood.”
He taps on the wood paneling at his locker and adds with a smile, “Not superstitious at all.”
The local fan favorite who grew up an Indiana Pacers ballboy and attended Cathedral High School signed a one-year restricted tender for $1.671 million, or roughly what the fourth-year pro earned the first three seasons combined.
Doyle, 26, shrugs at his contract as a byproduct of “hanging around” and the understated one laughs when called a millionaire. Truth is, a former college walk-on who wasn’t drafted into the league has made a career for himself and can provide for his growing family — wife Casie is expecting a son in August.
“It’s amazing how fast the years are going,” he said.
Doyle has endeared himself to the Colts for his unselfish, hard-working approach to the game. He’s about whatever the team needs without so much as a hint of ego. Head coach Chuck Pagano has said a team can’t have enough Jack Doyles.
His 47-game career isn’t defined by numbers. He’s used primarily as a blocker, as his 35 receptions for 209 yards and three TDs remind. Whatever comes next, Doyle isn’t looking at this season any differently than before.
“I feel like in the NFL every year is a one-year contract,” he said. “There’s no guarantees. You just go into it with an open day-by-day, practice-by-practice mind-set. That’s all you can control.”
Asked about his how role changes with Fleener gone, Doyle of course wishes the best for his former teammate, who signed with New Orleans. When it comes to talking on-field numbers, Doyle is ready for anything.
“Whatever I’m asked to do,” he said. “It’s a little different with Coby not here. It was me, Coby, Dwayne for three years.
“Yeah, I’m definitely looking for whatever opportunities given to me, to take advantage of those.”
The money won’t change at least a couple realities. Allen was paid so much more, he’ll be expected to pick up the dinner check.
“He’s definitely got the tight end dinner,” Doyle said. “I think that’s unspoken at this point. We’re super happy for D.A. and I can’t wait for the tight end dinner.”
And because the core of Doyle’s fan base is such a large number of extended family, he doesn’t worry about new relatives hitting him up for a loan.
“The crazy thing is, my family is so close that I already knew my third cousin’s whatever,” he said with a chuckle. “My family is great. They do a good job of knowing my personality and knowing I like to be left alone when it’s season time.”
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