Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:55pm
Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has multiple ways of deploying TE Coby Fleener while TE Dwayne Allen has doubled as an extra tackle as he did when the Colts came out running on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 3 loss.
"Their versatility is something we value in our offense and help Andrew know he has two guys who are big, fast and explosive matched up against linebackers and safeties in the middle of the field," Hamilton said. "Dwayne is an every-down tight end who can hold the point of attack in the run game and is fast enough to create separation from man coverage and stretch the field vertically."
Against the Eagles, Allen had just one target without a catch, but has had a TD in each of the three other games. He has 11 catches for 145 yards while Fleener has 10 catches for 109 yards and two TDs. While the two have been usable fantasy options, they continue to take away opportunities from one another keeping their fantasy value capped a bit. We still see Allen as the guy to own here, and have him ranked 14th on our TE list in a tough matchup against the Ravens.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 7:02pm
Colts TE Dwayne Allen is the total package, and observers are about to find out just how OC Pep Hamilton plans to take advantage of that fact.
One of the biggest differences you'll notice in the Colts' offense with Allen onboard is the increased use of two-tight end formations. Whereas the Colts used the fullback extensively last season in power-running situations, look for that to be curtailed.
The story calls Allen a matchup nightmare and the team likes the flexibility he brings in two TE sets, both in the running and passing game. We rank him 21st because we think Coby Fleener will take away some of his production, so we think he caps out as a TE2.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:20pm
Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.
The severity/nature of the injury is unknown, but it's something to monitor as the offseason wears on. Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.
Dwayne Allen said today he has been cleared to participate in everything. Said it felt great running around today, catching the ball.
Allen is a sleeper at the tight end position, but his upside is capped by the presence of Coby Fleener.
“Dwayne Allen, the guy’s a beast,” said Colts GN Ryan Grigson at February’s combine. “Anyone who game plans against him or watches the tape, or Joe Fan that just sees him how he plays in the red zone, how he plays in traffic, how he blocks at the point of attack, the tempo he plays at and the ferocity he plays at, he’s a guy you want on your team."
“He’s doing very well and we look forward to him having a great year.”
Allen said that he feels like he's fully recovered from the hip injury that caused him to miss most of the 2013 season. He is an intriguing player, but his upside is somewhat capped by the presence of Coby Fleener. Allen played 78% of the snaps as a rookie in a full 16-game season, which is a good sign. But he was only 27th in targets among TEs that year, but that was in Bruce Arians' offense, and he's not known to feature the tight end position. Fleener was 11th in targets in 2013.
The Colts announced today that they hired Rob Chudzinski as special assistant to the head coach.
“Rob and I have a long professional relationship and his résumé speaks for itself,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and will be a tremendous help to our entire team moving forward. Needless to say, we’re excited to have ‘Chud’ joining our family.”
We're not sure what a 'special assistant' does, but it's fair to say that Chudzinski will have plenty of input on the offensive side of the ball. Known to run a TE-friendly offense, the hire is likely good for Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, but if both players are healthy they'll likely cap each other's upside.
Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:04am
If Allen is good to go to start the season, he and Coby Fleener will each once again cap the other's upside.
Friday, October 11, 2013, 7:17pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Gronk was expected to return this week, but he hasn't been cleared to play and now Ed Werder is reporting that the Patriots do not expect him to play against the Saints. The Pats play in the late round of games. Coby Fleener, Jordan Reed and Delanie Walker all play later in the day for those owners who want to wait on Gronk.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, recovering after a series of surgeries on his fractured forearm and ailing back, still has not been cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN and media reports. Moreover, there was less optimism Friday that he will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints than there was earlier in the week.
Andrews is serving as an independent physician charged by the team and player with determining whether Gronkowski is cleared to play. Andrews is considered the most accomplished orthopedic surgeon in the world, but he didn't operate on Gronkowski.
Gronkowski also still has not been cleared by Dr. Jesse Jupiter, who performed the latest forearm surgery on Gronkowski, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Unless there is significant movement by Saturday, owners should assume that Gronk won't play against the Saints on Sunday. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff complicates matters. Colts TE Coby Fleener and Redskins TE Jordan Reed would be a good Plan Bs for owners who want to wait to see if Gronk is inactive. Titans TE Delanie Walker and Seahawks TE Luke Wilson (if Zach Miller is out) also play late on Sunday.
Vernon Davis, who suffered a left hamstring strain late in Sunday's loss to Seattle, was the only 49er who did not practice Friday. He is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
The 49ers tight end said he was able to run on a side field while the rest of the team practiced Friday. "I'm feeling pretty good, sore, bruised up, but that comes with the business, comes with the game," he said. " Definitely my focus is on this game. .. We shall see when Sunday comes."
Our guess is that Davis will play on Sunday, but there are no guarantees, so have a Plan B ready to go. Coby Fleener, Charles Clay, Heath Miller, Kellen Winslow and Scott Chandler all play at the same time or later this week. Fellow 49er (and rookie) Vance McDonald would be another option if Davis can't play.
Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:36pm
Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 3. Heyward-Bey's return puts pressure on T.Y. Hilton's snaps, though Hilton should be safe now that Dwayne Allen (hip) is lost for the season. The Colts will run more three-WR sets with Coby Fleener as the sole tight end.
Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:36pm
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) missed practice all week. Allen will have season-ending hip surgery. Coby Fleener gets in the low-end TE1 discussion as he's going to see consistent snaps and targets. He turned the extra work into a 4-69-1 day against the Dolphins in Week 2, though his matchup against the 49ers is not good.
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:53pm
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) missed practice again Thursday. Allen is out for the year due to season-ending hip surgery. Coby Fleener gets a big bump as he'll see consistent snaps and targets. Consider him to be in the low-end TE1 discussion.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 7:04pm
Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs) practiced fully Wednesday. Heyward-Bey's return puts pressure on T.Y. Hilton's snaps, though Hilton should be safe now that Dwayne Allen (hip) is lost for the season. The Colts will run more three-WR sets with Coby Fleener as the sole tight end.
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