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Fleener feels comfortalbe on the field, not on stage

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 30, 2012 – 5:32 pm

On Saturday evening it was the Colts’ first round pick Andrew Luck’s turn to sing in front of his new teammates.

Fast-forward to Sunday night and his college teammate, second round pick Coby Fleener taking the stage.

Although he wouldn’t reveal what song he sang in front of the team, Fleener was quick to point out that his performance was better than Luck.

“Probably not as bad as Andrew’s, but not as well as I had hoped,” Fleener said.

Fleener’s on the field performance was more on point Sunday as he completed his first two-a-day at an NFL training camp and is happy to be in a scheme that he can definitely relate to from college.

“I think Stanford probably utilizes their tight ends more than any other school in the nation. So I think I’m excited to be part of an offense that really uses their offensive tight ends,” Fleener said.

Fellow tight end and third round pick Dwayne Allen saw a lot of action during Sunday’s afternoon practice as the two rookie tight ends had the benefit of working with Luck at a rookie camp three days prior to reporting to Anderson.

From a scheme standpoint, Fleener is very comfortable with the playbook but even the Stanford graduate admitted it took a while to learn.

“Probably not the easiest offense I’ve learned, but (offensive coordinator) coach Bruce Arians makes things as simple as he can for us while at the same time making it complex enough to make it tough on defenses,” Fleener said.

As Fleener hauled in passes throughout the afternoon practice on Sunday, he couldn’t help but notice some cheers from the crowd in attendance, which he hopes will continue in the fall.

“I think it’s nice to have a little cheering section every once in a while, pick guys up if they make a good play and just lets us know that the team is still well loved around this area,” Fleener said.


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