When the Colts drafted tight end Coby Fleener with the 34th overall pick in last year's draft and placed him on a team with his college quarterback, he was expected to be the standout rookie at that position. But Fleener was heavily limited during the season due to injury and his primary role as a blocker in Indianapolis' offense. Teammate and fellow rookie Dwayne Allen , selected in the third round of the 2012 draft, ended up being the more productive tight end.
The Colts have brought another former Stanford Cardinal on board this season: offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who served as Fleener's OC during his final two seasons in college. He is expected to give Fleener a more prominent role in the passing game. Head coach Chuck Pagano believes that Hamilton's offense "should" lead to Fleener doubling his 2012 reception total of 26.
Eighteen tight ends caught at least 50 passes last year, so it's not like Fleener doubling one number will make him a must-have. But he is certainly a better receiver than his overall rookie numbers state. He is a TE2 right now, but there is plenty of room to build here. He should be thought of highly in keeper leagues.