Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
2 days ago

Fleener caught one pass for four yards on four targets in Friday's preseason game against the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener had a 31-yard gain wiped out by a holding penalty, but he also dropped another long pass after taking a hit from a defender. He played deep into the second quarter, even after Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead had all left the game. The Saints are clearly a bit frustrated with their prized offseason acquisition, as suggested by recent quotes from head coach Sean Payton. However, the team doesn't have much in the way of alternatives for the starting tight end job, leaving Fleener with some time to work out the kinks. At worst, Fleener might lose some snaps to Josh Hill early in the season.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
4 days ago

According to head coach Sean Payton, Fleener remains a "work in progress," reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. "I'd say it's an ongoing progression," Payton said of Fleener. "I think, man, there are some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've gotta be a little more detailed. And that's something that I know he's gotta work on."

EDGE Analysis

While Payton has been unabashed about his praise for rookie receiver Michael Thomas, he's been far more reserved when discussing Fleener throughout the summer. In fact, Fleener himself admits that he doesn't yet have all the intricacies of the playbook down as much as he would like yet. Fleener's struggles raise some red flags, as CJ Spiller similarly had difficulty grasping the playbook after coming to New Orleans last offseason and he struggled to see the field as a result. For fantasy owners, Fleener's comments are further frustrating, because the Saints' offense is one of the friendliest in the league for tight ends. Since Payton and Brees arrived in 2006, the Saints rank second in the NFL in tight end targets, behind only the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Last season, veteran tight end Benjamin Watson posted the best numbers of his 12-year career. Fleener should still be productive in his first season in New Orleans, even if he has to fight through the occasional mental flub, but fantasy owners should probably exercise some caution when drafting him, as it may take some time for Fleener to mesh with Brees in a new offense.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
1 week ago

Fleener caught two passes for 12 yards on two targets in Saturday's preseason game against Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener got quite a bit of playing time, catching one pass from Drew Brees in the first quarter and then another from Luke McCown early in the third quarter. While it was surprising to see him stay in the game for so long, Fleener is locked in as the top tight end for an offense that's been extremely friendly to the position in recent years.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
4 weeks ago

Fleener acknowledged that he has some catching up to do when it comes to learning the New Orleans offense, The Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener is also learning how to work with Drew Brees, after catching passes from Andrew Luck throughout college and his first four professional seasons. Though he may need some time to integrate, Fleener figures to have a key role from the get-go, as he signed a five-year, $36 million deal in March. The New Orleans offense has been rather friendly to tight ends during Brees' tenure, with Jimmy Graham's impressive run followed by a shocking breakout season from Ben Watson last year. Watson left for Baltimore in the offseason, leaving Fleener as the clear top target at tight end.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
6 months ago

Fleener has signed a five-year deal with the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener, who caught 54 passes for 491 yards and three TDs with the Colts in 2015, will now have a chance to work in coach Sean Payton's offense, with Drew Brees at quarterback, a scenario that should boost the tight end's fantasy prospects in 2016.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
8 months ago

Fleener caught all seven of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 victory over the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener's 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter was the catalyst behind a Colts victory, but the team was eliminated from playoff contention after the Texans won their game against the Jaguars. His 88 receiving yards in this one were a season high, but he hadn't topped 50 yards in a game since Week 4 coming in.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
8 months ago

Fleener had two receptions for 13 yards and was targeted four times in Sunday's win over Miami.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener's season is ending on a sour note as he has just four receptions in his last three games. With fourth-string quarterback Stephen Morris likely to start in Week 17, Fleener may not improve next week.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
8 months ago

Fleener had just one reception for 12 yards and was targeted three times in Sunday's loss to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Fleener was targeted in the end zone on a throw that maybe should have been caught, but otherwise wasn't much of a factor. Given Indy's overall struggles in the passing game, Fleener may not see much improvement the next two games unless Andrew Luck returns.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
8 months ago

Fleener had just one reception for six yards and was targeted four times in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

It's odd that Fleener was targed just four times in a game where Indy fell behind early and attempted 43 passes. Fleener remains one of the top targets in the Indy passing game, but the offense has de-emphasized tight ends and the passing game has struggled the past two weeks without Andrew Luck.

Coby Fleener
TE NO (5)
9 months ago

Fleener caught four passes for 20 yards on eight targets in Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Despite seeing his third-highest target total of the season, Fleener fell short of 50 yards for an eight consecutive week. He may fare a bit better when Andrew Luck (kidney) returns, but the Indianapolis offense simply hasn't emphasized the tight ends this season, and Fleener has done nothing to earn more targets.