The Saints made tight end Coby Fleener a late offseason cut yesterday.
Per a league source, Saints have released TE Coby Fleener— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 7, 2018
While I am not a huge fan of discussing every available player under the sun as a potential acquisition, the need the team has at tight end coupled with the cap space available makes Fleener a topic worth exploring.
Why I think it could make sense:
- Far greater history of production than anybody currently on the Jets roster.
- At least 50 catches and 491 yards in four of six years in the NFL.
- Any team would likely be buying low.
Why it might not make sense:
- There are reasons a team might be buying low. Among them is Fleener was a major free agent disappointment in New Orleans.
- Has suffered a reported five concussions during his career.
- Despite solid PFF grades, has a reputation for being an inconsistent blocker.
What do I think?
I don’t think Fleener would be a major difference maker, but the first bullet point says it all. There isn’t much of a history of production at the tight end position for the Jets. Clive Walford can’t match Fleener’s (admittedly modest) track record. Jordan Leggett and Chris Herndon are day three picks who have never caught an NFL pass. Even if you like their long-term upside, any production this year would be a nice surprise. Eric Tomlinson is a solid blocker but hasn’t produced a ton as a receiver.
I think this is at least worth exploring. I’m not sure Fleener would be a good fit on a team with a more stable group of tight ends, but the Jets are kind of at the drawing board at the position. It would be nice to at least have another big target for a rookie quarterback.
Should the Jets have interest in Coby Fleener?
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