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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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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 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 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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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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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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January 31, 2016 | BY Adam Hermann, Staff Writer
WHEN HE WAS taken fourth overall by the Eagles in 2013, Lane Johnson had a feeling the franchise saw the left tackle position in his future. He'd played it in college, and, with a talented but aging Jason Peters at left tackle, it seemed he could be a natural successor. With the news Friday that the Eagles signed Johnson, 26, to a new six-year deal that locks him up through 2021, his move to the left side of the offensive line could be nearing. "I think that's what they drafted me for," Johnson said Friday.
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January 31, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Brent Celek couldn't sleep on Monday night. It was his 31st birthday, and the details had been finalized on a new three-year deal. Celek put pen to paper on that contract Friday. The Eagles tight end called it "one of the greatest days of my life. " Celek signed contracts that were more lucrative than this deal, which a league source said pays him $13 million, with $6 million guaranteed. But this deal likely ensures that Celek will finish his career where it started. "This is the greatest city to play for in the NFL," Celek said.
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December 29, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Columnist
WILL Sam Bradford's encouraging play down the stretch buy Chip Kelly another year to fix this mess? The quarterback is a significant building block, but I don't see a bunch of other reasons for Jeffrey Lurie not to pull the plug. You've read here before that the Eagles' chairman is in so deep with Kelly, has allowed him to alter so much of the organization's DNA, from the scouting staff to the cafeteria, that starting over a year after giving Kelly full control of personnel would be painful.
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December 16, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
Experience in an offense is crucial to getting a quarterback to perform at an elite level, Chip Kelly said Monday. When someone followed up by connecting the dots - does this mean Kelly envisions Sam Bradford running his offense next season? - Kelly didn't hesitate. "We've always wanted Sam here. We wouldn't have traded for him if we thought he was (only) going to be here for a year," said Kelly, who sent Nick Foles and a 2016 second-round pick to St. Louis for Bradford back in March.
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December 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Staff Writer
CLEANING OUT the notebook after another routine week down at the NovaCare Complex. It should be quite a weekend for the Watkins family. For the first time since his sons were in Pop Warner together, Samuel Watkins III will get to see both play in person when Sammy Watkins, the Buffalo Bills' heralded receiver, steps onto Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday against Jaylen Watkins and the Eagles. "Usually, I just go to a sports bar, where I can sit in front of two TVs," said Samuel, who watched last week's games at a Hooters near his Orlando home.
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November 30, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Kelce ruptured the bursa sac in his left knee. Lane Johnson had a herniated disc that sent shock waves down his leg. He still does. Connor Barwin hyperextended his elbow. Their injuries, however minor, never popped up on the Eagles' injury report this season. The players spoke of their various injuries as if they were bankers talking about the occasional dip in the stock market - an occupational hazard. "It's not really anything structural, and it really doesn't hurt during the game," Kelce said last month.
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November 22, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
He has been a steady performer, but Eagles third-year tight end Zach Ertz still hasn't produced that breakout game this season, even after coming off his best statistical performance in last week's 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Ertz had season highs in both receptions (seven) and yards (68). Yet the second-round selection and 35th overall player taken in the 2013 draft from Stanford has remained solid if not spectacular this season and for his brief Eagles career. When asked whether a breakout game is approaching, in his opinion, Ertz replied: "I can't control that.
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October 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the day the Eagles drafted Zach Ertz in April 2013, Chip Kelly mentioned how the NFL had been moving in the direction of playing multiple tight ends together to create mismatches. At the time, the Patriots' two-tight end offense was in vogue. In Kelly's first season, the team's listed depth chart even included two tight ends as the base offense. But the Eagles' listed base offense during the past two seasons has been as a three-receiver set, and they barely used the two-tight end set in the first four games this season.
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October 14, 2015 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
7.48 The Eagles were ranked 23rd in the league in first-down production going into the Saints game. They had averaged just 4.89 yards per first-down play in their first four games. On Sunday, they averaged a season-high 7.48, amassing 314 of their 519 yards on 42 first-down plays. Running backs DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, who had collectively averaged just 3.0 yards per carry on first down in the first four games, averaged 5.8 Sunday. One hundred thirty-one of the Eagles' 186 rushing yards came on first down.
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October 13, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Chip Kelly wisely switched course from his I-coached-great-they-played-bad theme last week, everyone was a little shocked. He stopped talking about execution and spread around the blame for the team's poor start to include himself and the coaching staff, and that represented a true departure. It also demonstrated what a tight spot the Eagles had gotten themselves into. If Kelly is willing to set aside his stubbornness for a while, things must really be dire. And dire they were.
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