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Coby Fleener a “work in progress” in Saints offense

Coby Fleener

Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) makes a catch during practice at the NFL team’s football training camp Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Anderson, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


The Saints raised a few eyebrows last week when they released a depth chart that listed Coby Fleener at the bottom rung of the tight end position five months after they gave him a five-year, $36 million contract as a free agent.

The depth chart was quickly updated with Fleener back on top, suggesting it may have been a clerical error rather than a reflection of where Fleener sits in the team’s pecking order at the position. Fleener is still finding his way in the team’s offense and both he and coach Sean Payton called the transition to a new team a “work in progress” with the third preseason game around the corner.

“I’d say it’s an ongoing progression,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think, man, there’s some plays that are real good, and then there’s some plays where we’ve got to be a little bit more detailed and that’s something that I know he’s got to work on.”

That kind of refinement is to be expected and the Saints wouldn’t have signed Fleener if they didn’t think he’d make a good fit with Drew Brees and the rest of the offense. Adjustments will likely have to made throughout the year, but it seems something more drastic would have to development for a longer lasting trip down the depth chart to take hold.