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Coby Fleener on the Offense and His Improvement
With so many standout performances in Sunday’s waxing of the woeful Jaguars, one that, while not wholly unnoticed, may have slipped through the cracks a bit was that of Coby Fleener. The second year tight end finished with 5 catches for 77 yards, including a wide-open 31-yard touchdown reception. Fleener acknowledged that it can actually be a challenge to reel in a pass in that situation – where either a routine snag or a drop can be greatly magnified.
“I think it’s kind of the idea in basketball, layups are some of the hardest buckets to make,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you really have to focus and make sure you do all the things, look it all the way in and focus all the way until the end. You can’t relax on those plays. Thankfully Andrew (Luck) made an awesome throw, the line gave him enough time to make it out there and it looked good for us.”
Since Dwayne Allen went down for the season with a hip injury, Fleener has been thrust into a greater role in the offense – not that his role was ever intended to be small.
On his wider ranging responsibilities, Fleener said, “Anytime a guy like Dwayne (Allen) goes down who makes such a big impact for the offense, other guys are going to have to fill in here and there. So yeah, I would say my role has expanded a little bit.”
The 6’ 6” TE has responded well with big games against Miami and Jacksonville pushing his four game stat line to 12 receptions on 18 targets for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not to place too much value on paces, but that would translate to 48 catches for 664 yards and 8 touchdowns over 16 games.