Coby Fleener Fantasy News
Colts say Dwayne Allen is 'a beast'
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:20am
“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.
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Colts hire Rob Chudzinski as special assistant
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 2:04pm
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.
Less optimism that Rob Gronkowski will play
Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:16am
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.
Venon Davis on W3 availability: 'We shall see.'
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 6:21pm
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.
Colts TE Dwayne Allen headed to IR
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 12:18pm
Wow, this is big news for Coby Fleener who enters the low-end TE1 discussion with consistent snaps and targets. Pick him up if he's available.