Coby Fleener is in his second year with the New Orleans Saints. The team is hoping to see some bigger numbers from the former Stanford baller this season.
A year ago, the New Orleans Saints took Coby Fleener on after a career low season in Indianapolis. His production took a hit in 2015 when quarterback Andrew Luck had a season unworthy of his last name. Luck hit the turf shaky and missed nine games that season. Fleener managed to catch 54 passes for 491 yards and three scores under mostly backup quarterbacks.
There are no doubts New Orleans expects Coby to have a few record-setting seasons with the Saints. The club signed the 2012 second-round pick to a five-year, $35 million dollar deal putting him in the 11th slot on the list (via Spotrac) of highest-paid tight ends in the league. While he didn’t have a terrible first season with the Saints, he definitely didn’t hit the bar set for him in the Big Easy.
In 2016, he ranked 17th among his colleagues, producing two touchdowns and 50 receptions for 631 yards. While the season wasn’t a total flop, his production was inconsistent. Hence, the same problem that contributed to his parting ways with the Colts. An upside to his production was that he continually showed progress throughout the year. Fleener started off his first two games with only three catches for 35 yards – leaving fans questioning his big payout. His numbers progressed as the season went on, with his best game being Week 5 where he scored two touchdowns after resting on a bye-week.
Coby feels he has more to leave on the field. As the highest priced free agent in 2016, fans are hopeful that is true. Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports that Coby feels good about his upcoming season. “There’s definitely a level of comfort that comes along with it being the second year,” Fleener said on Day Three of organized team activities (OTAs). “It’s a relearning as opposed to learning a whole new offense and language.”
The Dome is hoping to see some explosive plays from the tight end in 2017, a position fans are used to seeing produce on the level of Jimmy Graham. Since we haven’t seen his full potential in Black and Gold yet, let’s hope that changes this coming season. Perhaps he will make up for what many thought would have been a breakout season with the team.
Misty Mitchell covers the New Orleans Saints for Pro Football Spot. You can follow her on Twitter at @MrsTMitchell1. Like our Saints Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_saints on Twitter for more Saints coverage.