Coby Fleener of the Indianapolis Colts caught 52 passes in his second regular season at the NFL level. Believe it or not: Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers caught the same amount in 2013 with 52 catches of his own. However, the one major difference between these two tight ends is that Davis hauled in 13 touchdowns, while Fleener only saw the endzone a mere four times.
Nevertheless, Fleener has the talent to surpass Davis as the NFL’s best tight end not Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski. In fact, there’s really no excuse for Fleener not to routinely be atop the tight end list as this Colts’ offense is seemingly perfect for someone with Fleener’s skill set. Quarterback Andrew Luck and Fleener also have a history that stretches back to their collegiate days, so chemistry should hardly be an issue for this Indianapolis duo.
In my mind: Fleener is just missing that one signature game that he can put on the top of his resume. Sure, No. 80 nearly doubled all of his major statistics from last year, but the Colts can still squeeze more out of this budding star. Thankfully, Fleener has been given one of the biggest stages you can imagine — the NFL’s Divisional Round.
Even better, the New England Patriots are the one team that stands in the Colts’ way of an AFC Championship, which would be quite the story for a franchise that is just two years removed from a 2-14 season. Considering the attention that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has paid to T.Y. Hilton; this contest should serve as an open invitation for Fleener to burst right out of his shell — let’s see if the tight end accepts or declines.