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September 4, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVER SINCE Zach Ertz arrived in town three drafts ago, with his second-round, PAC-12 pedigree and his 4.6 speed, we've all been trying to put Brent Celek out to pasture. Thanks for the memories, Brent. Thanks for that 76-catch, eight-touchdown season in 2009. Thanks for averaging 13.1 yards per catch in 2011, when you played most of the season with a torn hip labrum and a sports hernia and never even missed a practice or appeared on an injury report. Thanks for all of those kill shots to the head, ribs, groin and knees you've taken for the team, and all of the yards you managed to gain after them.
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October 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brent Celek's statistical production has declined since Chip Kelly became the Eagles coach, but the man who is most pleased with Celek seems to be Kelly. There is no player Kelly speaks about with more reverence than Celek. "When you talk about what a Philadelphia Eagle looks like," Kelly said, "Brent Celek is what a Philadelphia Eagle looks like. " Kelly called Celek "everything you want," elaborating that he is the "ultimate" professional who is "totally selfless. " From Kelly, there are few better compliments.
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October 8, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Here are some observations and ruminations about the Eagles-Steelers game:   PITTSBURGH - Tight end Brent Celek caught a clutch, 2-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles ahead in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, however, with their offensive line battered and facing a blitz-happy Steelers defense, the Eagles had to keep Celek in to block. Celek provided a lot of help for left tackle Demetress Bell against linebacker James Harrison. But with Celek staying in, Michael Vick didn't have his second-leading receiver as an option.
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December 10, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Brent Celek sustained a concussion on the first play from scrimmage in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Celek was helped off the field after a 1-yard catch and taken to the locker room for examination. He is the third key starter on the Eagles offense to suffer a concussion this season. Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy continue to sit with lingering concussions. There was no word after the game on the severity of Celek's concussion. "For him to go out, I'll tell you it was a pretty good [hit]
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November 6, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Here are some observations and ruminations about the Eagles-Saints game: NEW ORLEANS - Michael Vick's ninth interception of the season - and his second pick-six - was both his fault and that of Brent Celek. The veteran tight end ran an "out" route just shy of the goal line, and he had a slight step on the Saints defender Monday night. But Vick led Celek too much. Celek, who may have been held, half-heartedly stuck a hand out and deflected the ball into the hands of New Orleans cornerback Patrick Robinson.
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June 19, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY'S Church of Sports Scientology came into Brent Celek's life just in the nick of time. The tight end was 28 going on 60 when Kelly replaced Andy Reid as the Eagles' head coach two years ago. Six seasons of playing pro football the only way he knows how - pedal to the metal, with no regard for his physical well-being - had taken its toll on his body. "I probably wouldn't be here if not for the type of stuff we do now," he said. "I was starting to break down a little bit and I needed to take care of my body a little bit better.
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December 17, 2007 | By David Aldridge INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All season, the Eagles have been waiting for a major contribution from their tight end. If you had Brent Celek coming up with one of the top performances all season at that position, you win the pool. With L.J. Smith inactive for yesterday's game with the Cowboys, and Smith's replacement, Matt Schobel, taken out on the first series on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit by Dallas safety Ken Hamlin, Celek was the last available tight end on the Eagles' roster. That meant a lot more offensive snaps, and it meant the rookie from Cincinnati - normally a blocker - would become one of Donovan McNabb's top targets.
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December 7, 2012 | BY ALEX LEE, Daily News Staff Writer leea@phillynews.com
EVERY SUMMER, Brent Celek and his brother Garrett, now a rookie tight end with the 49ers, get together and talk football. Now in his sixth NFL season, Brent plays the role of mentor. If he is as good a teacher as Garrett says he is, he will probably spare his brother any lessons born of this season of Eagles football. Like many of his Eagles teammates, this year has been one to forget for Celek. Whether dropping passes or absorbing bone-crunching hits, the veteran tight end has not been his reliable self in months.
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December 19, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not going to make for a good argument if the Eagles and DeSean Jackson ever hold contract extension talks, but the wide receiver could point to Brent Celek's resurgence this season for proof of his worth. Jackson's loss has been Celek's gain. The tight end had a career day as the Eagles held on to dear playoff life and trounced the New York Jets, 45-19, on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Jackson not so much. The pregame storyline on Jackson was that he needed to put on a show against the Jets' all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis with his future in Philadelphia in great doubt.
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September 24, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRENT CELEK and Jason Kelce are Chip Kelly guys. They've embraced the training methods, the pace, the ideas about spreading the field. They've defended Kelly after losing friends to the coach's personnel/culture dictates. Kelly makes no secret of their importance to his offense's blocking game and to his locker-room culture. The veteran tight end and the savvy center are the rocks upon which Kelly has built his vision of the Eagles, or at least, they are among the handful of broadest bricks at the base of the pile.
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August 17, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
A COACH MUST play to his strengths. But if you're Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich, what are they right now? Is it an offensive line that is likely to lose its right tackle for 10 games for his second PED offense in three years, and might have to throw a third-round rookie to the wolves at left guard? Is it a wide receiving corps that is starting to look as if it might be no better than it was a year ago, when it had only one player with more than 27 catches? Is it a running back group whose best player has durability issues and whose second-best player is 33 years old and is a better receiver than he is a runner?
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August 13, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Sam Bradford needed just three plays Thursday to do what Sam Bradford does during an Eagles' preseason: He chews bubble gum, kicks tail, completes passes, and leads touchdown drives. Kenny Bell, a wide receiver/return man for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had lost a fumble on the opening kickoff, giving the Eagles the ball at the Bucs' 18-yard line, and the one thing you don't do is give Sam Bradford a short field in a preseason game, because he will make you pay. And he did: a 3-yard completion to Brent Celek, two handoffs to Ryan Mathews, and presto: Eagles touchdown.
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August 13, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The calls for Carson Wentz came in the first half of the Eagles' preseason opener Thursday night from fans who endured a 100-degree heat index in Philadelphia to catch their first glimpse of the Eagles' future franchise quarterback. "We want Wentz! We want Wentz! We want Wentz!" The original plan was to keep them waiting until the start of the second half, but coach Doug Pederson altered course and sent Wentz onto the field to run a two-minute drill with 79 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
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August 9, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS CLASSIC Brent Celek. The Eagles were having one of their "live" training camp practice periods last week at the NovaCare Complex, which means tackling and hitting were permitted. The 31-year-old tight end took a short pass from Sam Bradford, turned to run with the ball, and was immediately met by safety Rodney McLeod, who drilled him full-force in the sternum. Most players would have been knocked on their butt and been slow, very slow, to get up. Celek? McLeod's hit did bring him to one knee, but the rest of his body refused to budge.
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August 5, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
THERE WERE two things most observers took away from Wednesday's Eagles training camp practice: a couple of live, full-contact red-zone periods produced enthusiastic popping and chirping, and if you hadn't known better, you'd have thought Trey Burton was Rob Gronkowski. The hitting got a lot of attention because the Eagles didn't do that in camp during the three years of Chip Kelly. It seemed more unusual than it perhaps should have. Seeing Burton catch and run and twist away from tackles seemed less odd - he's put in two seasons here, played in 31 games, mostly as a special-teams ace - but it was still interesting.
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July 31, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
It isn't very often that a 33-year-old running back receives a contract extension, let alone one during the first week of training camp. But that's just what the Eagles did on Friday when they added another year onto the remaining year of Darren Sproles' deal. The Eagles have been generous to their elder players this offseason. They gave 31-year-old tight end Brent Celek a two-year extension in January, and they retained 34-year-old tackle Jason Peters even though his salary and last season's regression suggested they might do otherwise.
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June 18, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
From the moment he joined the Eagles as a front-office intern in 2000, fresh from Fordham Law School, Howie Roseman spent his formative years as an NFL executive helping his mentor usher in a revolution and bearing witness to the bitter fallout. As the Eagles' president then, and with Roseman working alongside him, Joe Banner pioneered the two-pronged strategy that became a staple of business in a salary-cap world. The Eagles would sign players whom they perceived to be part of their long-term future to cost-effective contracts, and they would be willing to say goodbye - maybe a little too soon - to some of their most popular, respected, and expensive veterans.
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June 11, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The final day of offseason workouts is anticipated by NFL players - it's akin to the last day of school before summer vacation. The Eagles' offseason program stretched two weeks longer than normal this year because they have a new head coach, and it included the introduction of Doug Pederson's schemes and philosophies. On Thursday, Pederson sent his players off for six weeks; they will reconvene for training camp in late July. The Eagles had an abbreviated one-hour practice, and players who have spent 10 weeks training packed up for their last encounter with down time until 2017.
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March 10, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Columnist
No new reports have surfaced yet about which side of the NovaCare Complex Howie Roseman is working from these days. It was big news last year around this time when Chip Kelly took control of the Eagles' football operations - at least we all thought he did - and Roseman's nameplate was removed from the office that was in the same wing as Kelly and Ed Marynowitz, the coach's handpicked decision-making assistant. Regardless of Roseman's office location, he obviously has risen and returned as the man in charge of putting together the roster.
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March 10, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The Eagles started their free agent acquisitions one day early when they signed veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a two-year contract Tuesday. McKelvin, 30, was released by the Buffalo Bills last week, which allowed him to sign elsewhere at any time - even before the start of the league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday, when contracts expire and free agents can begin signing with other teams. At that time, the Eagles can officially trade DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso, and they can spend the money they opened up with those trades.
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