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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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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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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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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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November 4, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brent Celek enjoyed a career day Sunday as the Eagles routed the Seattle Seahawks, 26-7. But even though Celek caught six passes for 131 yards in place of the injured L.J. Smith, Eagles coach Andy Reid insisted yesterday that there is no tight end controversy. When he is healthy, Smith still will be the starter, Reid said. Smith missed Sunday's game with a concussion he suffered Oct. 26 in a 27-14 win against the visiting Atlanta Falcons. "L.J. is a starter when he comes back, and hopefully it works out for him with his [concussion]
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December 1, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DeSean Jackson, the Eagles' best wide receiver and the NFL's leading punt returner, left Sunday's game with a concussion that has made his status questionable at best for the team's Week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Brent Celek, the starting tight end, has a sprained thumb that seemed to be a real problem for him during the Eagles' 27-24 win over the Washington Redskins. Brodrick Bunkley, one of the team's starting defensive tackles, is hobbled by a sprained ankle.
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August 26, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NEVER MIND the confusion over whether the Eagles were or were not running a read-option play when the Ravens' Terrell Suggs went for Sam Bradford's twice-repaired left knee Saturday night. Chip Kelly said they weren't, some of his players said they were, but NFL officiating director Dean Blandino eventually clarified yesterday that from the league's perspective, it doesn't matter; a quarterback doesn't get protection on a handoff until he clearly no longer has the ball or has reestablished himself as a passer, whether it's an option play or not. Yes, it would have been hard for any sane person to be confused over whether Bradford had handed off the ball on the play in question, before Suggs launched himself at the QB's knees, but even that is not really the pressing issue going forward.
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August 21, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ERIC TOMLINSON caught all of 19 passes last season as a senior at Texas-El Paso. The Eagles signed him as an undrafted free agent mainly because their system prioritizes blocking by the tight end, and Tomlinson, at 6-6, 263, can deliver a load when clearing a path for a runner. But when Zach Ertz required surgery last week for a groin tear, the Eagles lost their most dynamic TE weapon, at least for the remainder of the preseason. So coaches didn't mind a bit last Sunday when Tomlinson nabbed five of the seven passes targeting him, rumbling for 61 yards.
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August 16, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tight end Zach Ertz had surgery to correct a "core muscle injury" and will be sidelined for all of the preseason, the Eagles said on Friday. The team expects Ertz to be ready by the start of the regular season on Sept. 14. A "core muscle injury" can often be characterized as a sports hernia, but Ertz had a partial tear of his groin muscle, according to NFL sources. "The biggest thing for us in this situation, to be honest with you, is that it's something that we wanted to get cleaned up," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said before the surgery was announced.
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August 16, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
WITH ZACH ERTZ sidelined for the entire preseason with a "core muscle" injury that required surgery, the Eagles are left for the remainder of training camp with two healthy returning tight ends, in ninth-year veteran Brent Celek and second-year Florida product Trey Burton. Also in the equation is a trio of undrafted rookies: Eric Tomlinson, Andrew Gleichert and Justin Tukes, who will compete for the fourth-string tight end job. "We have three guys in Celek, Ertz, and Trey that we feel really confident in, but we're really trying to figure out who that fourth guy is," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who revealed Ertz' situation yesterday.
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August 6, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IF THIS WERE just about the pass-catching skills of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, there would not be an issue. It's basically agreed that Ertz has the hands, speed and route-running techniques to be an impact player in the NFL. Yesterday, at the Eagles' open training session at Lincoln Financial Field, Ertz made a couple of catches that elicited cheers from fans getting their first look at the 2015 Birds. Still, there is a reason why, entering his third NFL season, Ertz has yet to have the breakout year that's been predicted since he was drafted in the second round in 2013 out of Stanford University.
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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 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grading the Eagles after their 27-24 loss to the Redskins on Saturday, spotlighting a player from each position: OFFENSE: C+ The Eagles piled up nearly 500 yards on offense, but they had two turnovers, multiple penalties, were 3 of 5 in the red zone and failed to convert a key third down and 1 in the third quarter. Quarterback: B- Mark Sanchez completed 74 percent of his 50 pass attempts, averaging 7.48 yards per throw. He was 3 of 4 for 64 yards on passes over 20 yards.
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November 24, 2014
DID THEY even know where they'll be on Thanksgiving? Did they even know they were in Wisconsin last week? The Eagles were not hung over. They did not looking ahead. They executed with alarming precision and vigor and overwhelmed the Titans yesterday, 43-24. They showed no effects from their humiliation in Green Bay. "You can't let the Green Bay Packers beat you twice," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly, whose team moved to 8-3. They gave no hint that they would visit NFC East rival Dallas just 4 days hence; a game cornerback Cary Williams said would be "like a playoff game.
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November 24, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Once again, it's time for the Eagles to stand next to the growth chart. This time, the measuring stick has a blue star attached to it and a Thanksgiving Day carrot that can give the Eagles control of the NFC East title they won a year ago on the final day of the season in Jerry's Giant Screen Pleasure Palace. It is Dallas Week, and nothing gets the blood boiling around here more than that. Even as the 8-3 Eagles worked their way through a flawed 43-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday that told us nothing about where this team is ultimately headed, the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field made it clear where its attention was focused.
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November 21, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ZACH ERTZ sat down with his tight-end coaches, Ted Williams and Justin Peelle, in deep despair just a few weeks ago, Ertz said yesterday. Ertz's 30 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns through 10 games aren't adding up to the breakthough year to stardom many observers predicted, the year Ertz expected of himself. In fact, Eagles coach Chip Kelly, asked yet again yesterday why Ertz isn't getting more snaps and catches, basically told reporters it's because 8-year veteran Brent Celek is still a better all-around player, and a better fit for Kelly's offense.
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