Coby Fleener and Andrew Luck were college teammates, but if this past weekend was any indication, Fleener may have more rapport with Matt Hasselbeck.
Entering Sunday’s game against Jacksonville, Fleener had five catches on seven targets for 56 yards through the first three weeks of the season. With Hasselbeck at quarterback, though, Fleener had nine catches on 12 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.
What did Fleener do to get more looks?
“I actually sobbed and cried to (Hasselbeck) and begged and pleaded,” Fleener joked on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It seemed to work out for me.”
In all seriousness, the Colts were happy to get a win without their starting quarterback. They beat the Jaguars in overtime, 16-13, to get back to .500.
Fleener said the Colts didn’t know for sure that Luck (shoulder) wasn’t playing until Sunday morning.
“We had an idea that it was possible obviously throughout the week, and we always practice (for those scenarios),” Fleener said. “Matt will take some reps with the 1s; Andrew will take some reps with the 2s, so it’s not like it’s a completely foreign concept to us. But that morning is when we ultimately knew.”
With Hasselbeck, 40, kicker Adam Vinatieri, 42, and running back Frank Gore, 32, the Colts have one of the oldest teams in football.
What’s that like?
“It’s a little bit different,” the 27-year-old Fleener said. “We started off when I (got) here as one of the youngest teams in the NFL, and now we are one of the oldest. I think it’s generally because of some outliers. Adam’s older. Matt’s older. But that said, they both can clearly still play football at a very high level.”
Fleener doesn’t know whether Luck will play this Thursday night against the Texans (1-3).
“I would think (he has a) good (chance of playing), but who the heck knows?” Fleener said. “I think that we’ll probably practice with both quarterbacks again and it’ll probably be another game-time decision. I don’t know.”
Fleener was also asked about the infamous play in Monday’s Seattle/Detroit game, when K.J. Wright intentionally batted a fumble out of the end zone. The Seahawks were awarded a touchback when they should have been whistled for a penalty.
“I don’t think I would have known that,” said Fleener, who didn’t watch the game but heard about the play Tuesday morning. “I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, I don’t think.”
Fleener said the Colts used the play as a “learning opportunity.”
“In that situation, obviously if Calvin could have it back, I’m sure he would protect the ball better and the game may have had a different outcome,” Fleener said. “But that’s why you play the game.”
The Colts (2-2), meanwhile, are just hoping to improve to 3-2 this week. While every game is important, the Colts need to win Thursday, especially with the Patriots (3-0) coming to town Oct. 18.
“I think we’re headed in the right direction.” Fleener said. “Momentum is in our favor and hopefully we can keep it going that way.”