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Jacoby Fleener[1] (born September 20, 1988) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. After playing at Joliet Catholic Academy during high school, Fleener played college football at Stanford University. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the New Orleans Saints.

Coby Fleener
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Fleener with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014
Free agent
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1988-09-20) September 20, 1988 (age 31)
Lemont, Illinois
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Illinois)
College:Stanford
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2017
Receptions:255
Receiving yards:3,080
Receiving average:12.1
Receiving touchdowns:22
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

College careerEdit

 
Fleener with the Stanford Cardinal in 2011.

Fleener played college football for the Stanford Cardinal from 2008 to 2011. In his collegiate career, he recorded 96 receptions for 1,543 yards and 18 touchdowns.[2] He was named an All-American by CBSSports.com as a senior in 2011.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
247 lb
(112 kg)
4.52 s 1.56 s 2.65 s 4.30 s 7.02 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Fleener was considered a top tight end prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft.[4] At the NFL combine, he benched 27 reps of 225 at 6-6 244, though he did not run because of an ankle injury.[5]

 
Fleener (right) and quarterback Andrew Luck (left) in their NFL debuts in 2012.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

The Indianapolis Colts selected Fleener in the second round with the 34th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after drafting his college quarterback, Andrew Luck, with the 1st overall pick.[6] Fleener was the first tight end drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.[7][8] On July 25, he and the Colts agreed to a four-year contract worth $5.431 million.[9]

Fleener made his regular season debut in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, recording six receptions for 82 yards. He struggled through the early season, before recording his first career touchdown reception against the Detroit Lions in Week 13. Fleener finished the 2012 regular season with 26 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded three receptions for 25 yards in the Colts 24-9 Wild Card loss to the eventual Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens.

Fleener began the 2013 preseason as the backup to Dwayne Allen. He missed the final two weeks of preseason after suffering a knee injury.[10] Allen would be placed on injured reserve after Week 1, making Fleener the starter for the rest of the season. He recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game in Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans, making eight receptions for 107 yards. Fleener finished the 2013 season with 52 receptions for 608 yards and four touchdowns. In the Colts Wild Card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had five receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown to assist in the Colts' 45-44 comeback win.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On March 9, 2016, Fleener signed a five-year, $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.[11] He finished the 2016 season with 50 receptions for 631 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, Fleener scored his first career rushing touchdown, on his first career rushing attempt, in a Week 6 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

On September 11, 2017, in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, Fleener had five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown.[12] He was placed on injured reserve on December 2, after suffering a concussion in Week 12.[13] On May 7, 2018, Fleener was released by the Saints.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 IND 12 10 26 281 10.8 26T 2
2013 IND 16 12 52 608 11.7 44 4 1 0
2014 IND 16 12 51 774 15.2 73T 8
2015 IND 16 11 54 491 9.1 57T 3
2016 NO 16 8 50 631 12.6 50T 3 1 2 2.0 2T 1 2 0
2017 NO 11 1 22 295 13.4 33 2
Total 87 54 255 3,080 12.1 73 22 1 2 2.0 2 1 3 0

PostseasonEdit

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 IND 1 1 3 25 8.3 12 0
2013 IND 2 2 11 120 10.9 29 1
2014 IND 3 3 7 97 13.9 32 0
Total 6 6 21 242 11.5 32 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sports Illustrated: Guest Monday Morning Quarterback".
  2. ^ "Coby Fleener College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "CBSSports.com 2011 College Football All-America Team". CBSSports.com. December 7, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Coby Fleener - Stanford, TE : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Lourie, Steven. "Coby Fleener Interview". Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Lourie, Steven. "Indianapolis Colts 2012 Draft Grades". Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  7. ^ "2012 NFL Draft Tracker â€". Nfl.com. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "Indianapolis Colts reunite Coby Fleener with Andrew Luck". NFL.com. April 27, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  9. ^ "UPDATE:Colts Sign Coby Fleener (Details Included)". Everything-colts.com. July 25, 2012. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  10. ^ Alper, Josh (August 19, 2013). "MRI on knee clear for Coby Fleener; Dwayne Allen will return to practice". nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 9, 2016). "Coby Fleener agrees to 5-year, $36M deal with Saints". NFL.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - September 11th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Teope, Herbie (December 2, 2017). "Saints place Coby Fleener on injured reserve, waive De'Vante Harris". NOLA.com.
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (May 7, 2018). "Saints release Coby Fleener". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.

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