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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 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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September 18, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Trey Burton has three career catches in 31 games, but you wouldn't know it from the way he's being discussed at the Eagles' facility this week. With tight end Zach Ertz expected to miss the Eagles game Monday against the Chicago Bears, Burton will take on a bigger role – and he appears to have the confidence of teammates and coaches. Burton, 24, has mostly been a special-teams player in his career. He missed the season opener with a calf injury. But he will join veteran Brent Celek in trying to replace Ertz, who has a displaced rib and hasn't practiced this week.
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September 14, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
ZACH ERTZ suffered a fairly serious injury seven plays into the Eagles' season-opening victory Sunday over the Browns, but Ertz stayed on the field, ultimately playing 60 of the team's 77 offensive snaps, catching six passes for 58 yards. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Ertz suffered a "first rib displacement" under his left shoulder, apparently on the tight end's second catch of the opening drive, a 13-yard gain to the Cleveland 20, two plays before rookie quarterback Carson Wentz's first NFL touchdown pass, to Jordan Matthews.
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September 14, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles are in jeopardy of missing tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Leodis McKelvin for the Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears - and potentially longer. Ertz suffered a displacement of the first rib in his left shoulder in Sunday's 29-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, an injury that could keep the standout tight end out for an extended period. McKelvin strained his left hamstring. Coach Doug Pederson classified both players as "week-to-week," which he admitted is more pessimistic than the usual day-to-day answer he gives for relatively minor injuries.
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September 9, 2016
Offensive Backfield Carson Wentz, QB: The Eagles made a blockbuster trade before the draft to acquire Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick, and their initial plan was to keep Wentz on the bench while developing this season. When they traded Sam Bradford last weekend, Wentz's timetable was accelerated - even though he missed most of the preseason with a hairline fracture in his ribs. The future is now for the franchise quarterback. Chase Daniel, QB: Daniel had been linked to the Eagles from the day Doug Pederson was hired as head coach, and the former Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback followed Pederson to Philadelphia when he signed a three-year, $21 million contract.
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September 7, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
Now that the day had arrived, everybody could finally admit they'd seen it coming. If anybody in the Eagles' locker room felt as if their bosses had pulled the rug out from under them, they did a good job of faking a sense of balance. Doug Pederson met with his players at 8 a.m., congratulated all of them on making the team, and announced the commencement of the work week. From that point on, it was like any other Monday. Practice, meetings, workout, lunch. The events of the previous 48 hours may have pushed the limits of operating procedure even by the zany standards of the NFL, but, then, what about this last year in Eaglesdom hasn't pushed them?
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August 29, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - We learned a year ago that bold declarations about NFL exhibition games - even the one in which the starters spend extended time on the field - are dangerous. So let's live dangerously. What we saw from Sam Bradford and the offense Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium offered sincere hope for a 2016 Eagles season that until now lacked in enthusiasm and excitement. For the second straight year, Bradford looked brilliant in his final preseason tune-up, connecting on 17 of 20 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
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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 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 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 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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