With the preseason coming to a close, there's a lot to take away from what we've seen from the new Colts team that will take the field to start the 2012 season. Even with all of the trades and signings that have already taken place, the team is still going through a metamorphosis. Fresh off the signing of shutdown corner Vontae Davis, Grigs and company hinted that they will continue to scour the waver wire/free agent market to see what other gems they can find from talent that's been released from the 1st cuts around the league. Maybe add an offensive lineman, LB or backup SS. That being said one of the question marks going into the season has been the play of rookie TE Coby Fleener.
While his counterpart Dwayne Allen has without question played very well when given the opportunity, such has not been the case with Fleener, or so it might seem to Indy fans and critics. I am going to go on board to say that the reason we haven't seen much of Fleener is because Colts OC Bruce Arians isn't going to tip his hand and show all the cards before the season starts. Forget his comments about "we''re not gonna hold anything back" prior to the game against the Steelers. Trust me when I tell you that Fleener will be a BIG part of the Colts offense this year. Especially in the red zone. At 6-6 250 lbs with sub 4.5 speed, he is going to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses inside the 20. He will be used on fade routes, and drags across the middle as well as flexed in the slot. Fleener will be a vital piece to this new offense led by rookie QB Andrew Luck. Besides, you don't think Luck isn't scheming with his Stanford buddy on how to get him the ball? Along with Allen, these two will compliment each other in a way that will force the opposition to pick their poison. Their presence on the field will open up the running game as well as create opportunities for the outside WRs.
So Colts fans there's no need to be concerned over Coby and where he is in the offense. He is "under wraps" until the season is live and the games count. Just think of him as a "secret weapon" that's just counting the days and minutes to gameday.