Colts’ Fleener looks to build on improvement

Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) celebrates after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Indianapolis. Indianapolis defeated Kansas City 45-44. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — One year ago, the Indianapolis Colts offense was hit hard by injury. The line, the backfield and the receiving units all suffered, opening the door of opportunity for guys like tight end Coby Fleener.

After catching just 26 balls his rookie year, number 80 doubled his production last season, but he thinks he’ll be an even better player now.

“Having Dwayne Allen, Reggie Wayne and Ahmad Bradshaw back and with newcomers like Hakeem Nicks, defenses can only cover so many guys,” Fleener said. “That will only help me in the long run.”

Fleener, who scored four touchdowns in 2013, says the focus in year two of Pep Hamilton’s offense is an easy one — improve third down conversions.

“Just converting two more a game will put us in the top half of the league,” Fleener said. “If we do that, our scoring numbers will improve as well as our defense.”

The Colts open the pre-season next week in New York against the Jets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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