Second year tight end Coby Fleener of the Indianapolis Colts is the third head of Cerberus as he is a monster at 6′ 6″, 250 pounds.
Injuries slowed him down for the better part of his rookie season, but he should bounce back fine after the Colts brought in Pep Hamilton, the former Stanford University Cardinal offensive coordinator.
The way Buffalo has to shut him down is by either inside linebackers Kiko Alonso and Nigel Bradham, who have to chip him early and often. Also, safeties Duke Williams, Aaron Williams and Da’Norris Searcy have to help out in support due to Fleener’s potential of extremely high level of athleticism.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine Jr. will likely have him on his radar as a player to defend as starting tight end Dwayne Allen is sitting this game out and is getting a second opinion on his foot injury on Friday, according to head coach Chuck Pagano who commented on the team website. Here’s to hoping it’s not serious as Hamilton called Allen a “tremendous weapon” and want to use a lot of two tight end sets.
If the Bills defense shuts down Fleener and most of the passing attack today, it will be be an extremely successful bench test of this new look defense that’s based on mass confusion and physicality.
All and all, it should be interesting to see what Coby Fleener does and what the Buffalo Bills do to stop him. If the Bills do in fact stop him, the team will be likely in the win column today. Not to mention, the team’s confidence will go up!