For a quarter of Coby Fleener’s rookie season, a helpless feeling draped over the Colts young tight end.
A shoulder injury forced Fleener into a spectator for four games in 2012, and he was not a happy camper.
“It’s brutal,” Fleener said of missing time.
“Trying to cheer on your team from the sideline, I was a well-paid cheerleader at that point. It’s rough.”
Healthy and back into a familiar offensive scheme has high expectations for Fleener with the 2013 season on the horizon.
During the Colts OTA practices, Fleener has showcased his impressive catching radius, while lining up in a number of positions in the new offense.
Fleener caught 26 passes for 281 yards last season and his head coach expects those numbers to grow significantly this fall.
“You saw (Wednesday) he made some outstanding catches so he’s making progress every day,” Chuck Pagano said.
“What did he have, 20-30 some catches last year? That should double.”
Everything is beginning to add up to a strong second season for Fleener.
It’s been a healthy and full offseason in Indianapolis for the 6’6”, 252-pound tight end.
While his teammates have been swimming in a new playbook, Fleener has benefited from being reunited with his college offensive coordinator in Pep Hamilton.
During their one season together as offensive coordinator/tight end at Stanford, Fleener flourished with 10 touchdowns.
The pads have yet to be strapped on yet but Fleener looks to be much more comfortable in year two at the NFL and thanks to a successful offseason, a productive 2013 could be in order.
“Thankfully for me, I’ve been in the offense,” Fleener said. “It’s been helpful but for guys that are just coming into the offense, it’s a tough one to learn.”
“I think the mental aspect of your game is huge right now. We are trying to get as much of the basics down as we can before we head into (training) camp.”
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