He has more rushing touchdowns than Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy – combined. Who is he? He’s Saints tight end Coby Fleener, who had a 2-yard touchdown run in New Orleans’ 41-38 shootout win over the Panthers on Sunday.
“It’s pretty (exciting),” Fleener said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It’s one of those plays where you go over it a few extra times in your head just because it’s not something you’re used to.”
It was the first rushing touchdown of Fleener’s career. He celebrated by throwing the ball up in the air.
“That was just my natural reaction of happiness,” said Fleener, who also had six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in the win. “There was no real planned celebration or anything like that.”
New Orleans (2-3) has now won two straight games following an 0-3 start to the season. The Saints rank second in the league in scoring offense (31.0 points per game) but last in scoring defense (33.6 points per game allowed).
“If you go through a three-game losing streak in the middle of a season, it’s no big deal,” Fleener said. “Hopefully we’ve kind of gotten that out of our system and can kind of learn from it and move on. But to start the season out like that, I think, kind of signals a lot of red flags to the media and everybody who gets to talk about this on a daily basis. It’s an easy storyline. I think the mature guys in the locker room had to lead the young guys and say, ‘Hey, it’s not the end of the world. Let’s just focus on what we can control.’”
Fleener, who spent the first four years of his career playing with college teammate Andrew Luck, has thoroughly enjoyed playing with Drew Brees.
“He’s like another offensive coordinator out there,” Fleener said. “Understanding what the defense is presenting, getting us in the right play, (talking strategy) – it’s awesome.”
Fleener, 28, has been impressed by Brees ever since arriving in New Orleans. In fact, not long after signing with the Saints, Fleener saw Brees hit multiple home runs from both sides of the plate in a charity softball game. Fleener compared Brees’ left-handed swing to that of Ken Griffey Jr.
“Within the first week of my being here, I found out that he’s actually a ridiculous athlete,” Fleener said. “I just assumed that he was some slow guy who just throws the ball really well, (but he’s not).”
The Saints play the Chiefs (3-2) in Kansas City this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.