His name (Fleener) reminds you of the nerdy teen in a high school comedy.
Half the time his appearance is that of a zoned out surfer.
His predraft combine measurables, 6’6″, 247 lbs, 4.51 40 yard dash, and 27 bench press reps, predict a stud athlete.
But up until this point no one one has been able to figure out…
“Who exactly is this kid we call Coby?”
By some sort of twisted fate, he was fortunate enough to be drafted in the 2nd round of the same draft, by the same team, that selected his college quarterback, Andrew Luck, 1st overall.
The ultimate success story, right?
Well, it hasn’t exactly turned out that way. The Colts and Luck seem to somehow have a preference for, Dwayne Allen, the tight end they took in the 3rd round of the same draft.
Up to this point, Fleener had the numbers, the higher ceiling and the pizzazz, but it seems like the only time he had the focus of his quarterback was when Allen wasn’t in the game.
In this year’s free agency, the Colts gave Allen a 4 year contract worth $7.35 million a year.
When you compare their career stats and see that Fleener has way better numbers; 183 receptions, for 2,154 yards and 17 TDs, compared to; 91 receptions, for 1,045 yards and 13 TDs, for Allen in the same amount of time. It seems like a no-brainer that Coby would get twice the contract.
Not Surprisingly, Fleener once again came in 2nd in the popularity contest when the New Orleans Saints signed him for an average of $7.2 million over 5 years.
However, although Allen gets the “Atta Boy!” and the Saints get a ridiculous steal, the true winner in this scenario is Fleener himself.
He gets Drew Brees.
Think what you want about the Saints quarterback, he is a madman with the football and a wizard when it comes to bringing out the best in his receivers.
I have no doubt that Marques Colston appreciates him, that Jimmy Graham is missing him like crazy right now, and that Ben Watson will probably never have a repeat of last season.
In the meantime, Fleener has been waiting patiently for someone to put their faith in him.
“Personally, I try to keep it on an even keel. The easiest way to do that is ignore the people who are telling you are the best and ignore the people who are telling you that you’re the worst.” He stated candidly, when his character on the field was called into question.
I don’t think he will have to worry about any of that with Brees who seems to always be looking for another hungry target to turn into a star.
If things continue according to plan, his only focus in 2016 will have to be hauling in a ton of pin point passes being fired in his direction by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
If anyone knows the feeling of being underrated and overlooked, Drew Brees who has thrown for 5,000 yards in a season as many times as all other quarterback in NFL history combined, but has never won an MVP, can totally relate.
In a tweet earlier this week, Fleener stated, “Tony Hawk is cool. SKATEBOARDING IN ZERO GRAVITY? …Also pretty cool. Bucket List: Experience Zero Gravity.”
It seems highly improbable that Fleener will ever figure out exactly who he is, but if his career in New Orleans lives up to its potential, the Saints new tight end will very soon find himself walking on clouds.