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Eric Ebron has spoken to Colts HC Frank Reich about expanded role

The Colts tight ends have been a bit of a black hole for fantasy production in 2019.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron after scoring a touchdown is congratulated by tight end Jack Doyle during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts offense will be missing T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell in Week 10, and once again they’ll be looking to find ways to get something going in the passing game. Zach Pascal and Marlon Mack will be the primary weapons for Brian Hoyer (or Jacoby Brissett), but tight ends Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron have a chance to get in the mix a little bit more.

Ebron was a touchdown machine last year, but has seen his numbers come back to earth. Through eight games, he’s on pace for 36 receptions, 496 yards and six touchdowns. Considering he had 66 receptions for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns, it’s no surprise he is unhappy with his offensive involvement. So much so that he has made his feelings clear to head coach Frank Reich.

Jack Doyle has three more targets than Ebron and six more receptions. Neither has been overly productive to date. This weekend, the Colts face a Dolphins defense that is bad, but has actually defended tight ends fairly well. They rank 15th in fewest fantasy points allowed to the position. It’s not great, but considering how atrocious the Dolphins are, it’s not too awful.

Neither tight end is worth an add at this point until they show they can offer any kind of consistency offensive production. And given that T.Y. Hilton could be back in a couple weeks, there might not be enough time for either of them to make a name for themselves this season.