Coby Fleener made a couple nice plays in Week 1 but marred that preseason performance with a dropped score and a fumble. That fumble near the end of his stater reps in Week 1 then carried poor momentum in Week 2 against the New York Giants.
On Sunday night Fleener dropped a pass deep in the Colts’ own end on second-and-long, and later had a Matt Hasselbeck pass hit him in the back after failing to get his head around.
Fleener would leave with mild knee sprain in the second quarter and have no receptions on the night. He spent much of 2012 out injured and recorded roughly half the snaps than fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen, who stole the show last year when Fleener was both active and inactive.
Under Fleener’s former Stanford offensive assistant — current Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton — it seemed the opening games of this preseason would be the perfect time to raise his hype to meet Allen. To boot, Allen has been out from preseason action injured thus far, yielding the floor completely to Fleener.
Allen’s return date remains unknown and it will probably be hard to fall out of good graces with college counterpart and current QB Andrew Luck. However, I imagine the Colts coaches would probably like to see much more from Fleener before dramatically increasing his role in the pass offense. As a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, we already assume Coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson are pretty enamored with Fleener’s talent and should give him every chance to succeed despite this rough preseason start.