With Jack Doyle retiring this past offseason, the Colts’ tight end room is poised to be led by 28-year-old Mo Alie-Cox. The Colts recently rewarded their four-year tenured tight end with a three-year 17.55-million-dollar contract. Alie-Cox now has the opportunity to have his best season in the NFL with a new quarterback who has previously been enamored with his tight ends. This article will explain why Matt Ryan and Mo Alie-Cox have the chance to become one of the elite Quarterback-Tight End duos in the NFL.
In his first four years with the Colts, Mo Alie-Cox amounted to 936 yards and eight touchdowns, 710 yards, and six of those touchdowns coming in the last two seasons. Alie-Cox has always played in the shadows of Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron, never allowing him to reach his full potential.
When called upon, Alie-Cox, the former VCU collegiate basketball player, has lived up to the task and performed in some big moment situations. Last year Carson Wentz went to his big tight end on multiple critical third-down situations, allowing the Colts to advance the ball, while Rivers also took a liking to Alie-Cox. While he only had five drops in his career and has made a couple of spectacular plays. In week eight in 2018, Andrew Luck threw it up to the endzone, and Alie-Cox made a remarkable one-handed catch, getting featured on every highlight reel around the NFL. This play exemplified his elite ball skills, also identifying how he had translated some of his basketball skills into his football career.