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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener (82) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) at organized team activities (OTAs) at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie, La. Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

Coby Fleener didn’t let the opportunity slip by.

After making reference to missed assignments during his first season with the New Orleans Saints, the tight end was asked how deep the problem went since it’s impossible for outsiders to gauge.

“That’s a good thing,” he cracked.

Fleener struggled some of that during training camp and early in the season, but he doesn’t think missed assignments were anything that plagued his season. And he’s confident the issue, as well as other aspects of his game, will improve after having already spent a full season in New Orleans.

Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener was supposed to serve as another dynamic playmaker in an offense full of them. At times he was. Mostly, he was just solid, catching 50 passes for 631 yards with three touchdowns.

Could it have been better?

“I think it absolutely could have been better,” he said. “I would have loved it to be better.”

And he thinks it will. Instead of trying to conquer a new playbook and new verbiage, he’s instead relearning what he already knows and feels comfortable with his role. Fleener believes that should make a big difference heading into his second season with the team.

“I think anytime you’re trying to learn a new offense, trying to learn a language, trying to learn something of that nature, going through it under pressure, going through it for a year really helps,” he said.

Fleener doesn’t have numerical goals that he’s trying to reach this season. He knows he doesn’t want to drop any passes after letting three hit the ground last season. And he knows he doesn’t want to miss any assignments. There was also mention of making the playoffs.

Instead, he speaks in more general terms.

“Be more effective in general,” he said.

It might not be specific, but achieving that goal, however it may happen, would benefit the Saints.

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