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May 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Eagles are looking for DeSean Jackson's "replacement," they need to look no further than to their own roster and tight end Zach Ertz. The Eagles, of course, have added two pieces - Jeremy Maclin and Darren Sproles - to supplement the 2013 production that left with Jackson. But of their current players, Ertz has perhaps the best chance to dramatically increase his numbers now that Jackson is in Washington, especially if the second-year tight end delivers upon Eagles expectations.
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April 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reports from Penn State indicate that the Nittany Lions have suffered the second serious injury of their spring football practice sessions. Tight end Adam Breneman is out for the rest of the spring with a bruised knee, according to several websites. Breneman caught 15 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns last season playing in a three-tight end rotation as a freshman. Blue White Illustrated was the first website to report his injury. Penn State coach James Franklin does not comment on injuries, and a team spokesman said any update on Breneman would have to come from the coach.
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January 29, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Eagles have a scout who watches college basketball, looking for potential football players. He searches for players like Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Before Thomas was a part of the Broncos' lethal receiving corps - four players with at least four touchdowns in the regular season - he was a forward for Portland State preparing to play Xavier in the 2009 NCAA tournament.  "This isn't something that I imagined doing when I was 20 years old getting ready to play in the NCAA tournament," Thomas said.
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January 20, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roman Catholic senior defensive end Hezekiah Trahan orally committed to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, who doubled as a tight end for the Cahillites, pledged to the Panthers on an official visit to the school. "What really stood out to me was the head coach [Paul Chryst] and the way he leads his program," Trahan said. "And I like the other recruits they've brought in. I think the team has a bright future. " Trahan also had scholarship offers from Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, James Madison, and Massachusetts.
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December 24, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Peyton Manning regained his record for touchdown passes in a season with a 25-yard scoring pass to Julius Thomas on Sunday, the tight end treated that momentous No. 51 ball the same way he would any other. He tossed it away and headed for the sideline. Luckily, wide receiver Eric Decker - who had caught the tying No. 50 pass from Manning earlier - picked it up and tucked it in his jersey. After the 37-13 win over the Houston Texans, Manning laughed about Thomas not holding onto the ball.
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December 12, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brent Celek's late-game slide short of the end zone to seal Sunday's Eagles win drew praise from the coaches as an unselfish decision. The coaching staff has applauded the seventh-year tight end throughout this season. The curious part is that statistically, this is not among Celek's finest years with the Eagles. He has 25 catches for 348 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games, and is not among the NFL's top 10 tight ends in any of those categories. Yet coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur habitually laud Celek, often unprompted.
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December 6, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There is very little Chip Kelly likes less than the notion that his offense can be categorized and placed on a shelf - even a very special, unique shelf - as if it were just another can of peas in the great supermarket of the NFL. When Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sniffed last week and said Kelly's read-option system was a nice college offense, Kelly didn't seem to mind, or even notice, the criticism. He was more interested in pointing out that the Eagles run a zone-option play now and then, not read-option, and that those plays are just one facet of an offense with many sparkling variations.
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December 3, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THE TIGHT ENDS hadn't been a huge part of the Eagles' passing attack in the first 11 games. Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and James Casey had been collectively targeted just 73 times and had 40 receptions for 595 yards and four touchdowns. But they had a pretty good idea that was going to change yesterday against the Arizona Cardinals. "We thought we would be used more this game because of the way they play their defense," Ertz said. "They put a lot of safeties and linebackers on us [in]
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December 3, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Ertz grasped the pass with both hands and touched his pair of black cleats inbounds. A two-handed shove from an Arizona defender sent the tight end spiraling out of the end zone. It was the rookie's second career touchdown and the 6-yard strike was nearly perfect, giving the Eagles a first-quarter lead in Sunday's 24-21 win. The lone flaw was the photograph of tight end James Casey - not Ertz - that flashed across the stadium's pair of 96-foot-wide jumbotrons. Ertz and Brent Celek combined for 97 receiving yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles targeted the league's worst defense against tight ends.
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November 5, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Kyle Carter expected the call to come. He said it's his coach's favorite play, after all. And when he saw Illinois line up with split safeties, he had a feeling he would be making a big play that has been a long time coming. With Penn State facing a third-and-11 in overtime, the tight end ran a post route and found himself nestled behind the linebackers and in between the safeties. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg put the throw on the money, and Carter slid in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown, one of the most impactful catches of his career.
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