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Fleener caught his only target for 13 yards in Monday's 30-27 loss to the Eagles.

Fleener is off to a slow start, as there's ample competition for Andrew Luck's attention in an offense that also wants to establish the ground game. Fellow tight end Dwayne Allen didn't fare any better Monday, with no catches on one target.

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Fleener had three receptions for 21 yards and was targeted eight times in Sunday's loss at Denver.

Fleener had the third most targets on the team and was targeted once in the red zone on a fade route, so there's evidence he won't be minimized in the offense despite the return of tight end Dwayne Allen from last year's season-ending hip injury.

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Fleener had two receptions for 31 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason loss to New Orleans.

It was encouraging to see Fleener involved in a big play as his speed and ability to stretch the field can be a weapon for the Colts. However, it's not clear if he'll get as many balls thrown his way as last year with the return of Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne from injury and both looking sharp in Saturday's game as well.

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Fleener was one of three starters to stay in with the second-team offense during Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets, the Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.

Fleener figures to have a role in the offense, but to what extent remains unclear. Fellow tight end Dwayne Allen, who shined as a rookie in 2012, returned from a major hip injury to play in Thursday's game. The Colts also have an impressive wideout trio in Reggie Wayne (knee), T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks. Fleener has the physical tools to be a major receiving threat, but he looked a bit skittish going over the middle in his first two seasons, and never really took advantage of an excellent opportunity last year, when both Wayne and Allen suffered season-ending injuries.

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The Colts are expected to dramatically increase their usage of two-tight end sets this season.

Chuck Pagano and Pep Hamilton are showing no signs that they want to spread out the offense and saddle up Andrew Luck. Instead, they're going to get both Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener on the field in "12" looks and stubbornly stick with a ball-control philosophy. We'd rather take a shot on Allen than Fleener as he's far more talented and is set to play the Rob Gronkowski role.

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Coby Fleener caught six passes for 74 yards in Indianapolis' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

The inefficient second-year pro hauled in 6-of-11 targets. On the surface, Fleener's 52/608/4 sophomore line appears to be a step in the right direction. Dig deeper, however, and you find a player who still does almost none of the little things right. A soft blocker, Fleener has been prone to drops. He has a remarkable knack for not knowing the chains are. His numbers were greatly inflated by the absence of Dwayne Allen (hip). With Allen certain to return atop the depth chart next season, Fleener can't be considered more than a TE2.

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Coby Fleener caught five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Wild Card win over the Chiefs.

Fleener also committed his usual drop, and failed to get beyond the sticks on a crucial second-quarter fourth down. Fleener is physically gifted, but remains a work-in-progress at the finer points of football. He's going to open 2014 behind Dwayne Allen on the depth chart.

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Coby Fleener caught two passes for eight yards in Week 16 at Kansas City.

Fleener was targeted three times. The other pass hit him in the hands. Fleener also fumbled one of his catches, but it went out of bounds. He's simply not a playmaker and is just a TE2. Fleener gets Jacksonville next week.

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Coby Fleener was held without a catch on one target in Indianapolis' Week 15 win over the Texans.

Fleener was a blocker as the Colts went run heavy to protect an early lead and drain the clock against an inept Texans team. The zero-catch afternoon was Fleener's first of the season, and comes after he averaged 8.4 targets over his past five games. The stinging doughnut comes one week ahead of a matchup with the Chiefs, who have erased enemy tight ends all season. Fleener can't be trusted for Week 16.

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Coby Fleener caught five passes for 31 yards in Week 14 against the Bengals.

Fleener tied Da'Rick Rogers for the team lead with nine targets. Fleener has failed to top 55 yards receiving in any of the past three games but will continue to be a low-end TE1 next week against the Texans. He caught three passes for 64 yards in Week 9 versus Houston. The Texans are going through the motions on defense.