The other day I did a write-up on the Eagles talent level. I referred to TE Brent Celek as a good player. One guy on Twitter told me Brent was “garbage”. Another told me Brent was awful in 2012.
Brent had a few key bad moments that hurt the team, but that doesn’t make a bad year. In the first Skins game, Brent failed to secure a pass and the ball was picked off and run back inside the 10-yard line to set up a TD. In the Lions game, Brent had a couple of lowlights. He dropped one TD pass. On another play, he was called for offensive interference and that negated a TD.
Brent was 57-684-1 for the year. The 1 TD wasn’t all on him. The Red Zone offense had issues all year, with both Vick and Foles. Brent had 10 receptions that covered 20 yards or more. This is very impressive for a TE. Tony Gonzalez had 11…in the last 2 years combined. Jason Witten caught almost double the number of total passes (110 to 57) but only had 8 go for more than 20 yards. Gronk had 13 catches of 20 or more yards. Jimmy Graham had 12. Celek is more of a playmaker than people realize.
Brent did have 7 drops. So did Jermichael Finley and Aaron Hernandez. Jimmy Graham had 13.
What about blocking? Brent is average to above average. He gets exposed when the Eagles ask him to block guys like DeMarcus Ware, but so do OTs. Celek is an above average run blocker. He had very good blocks in several games. There were some standout moments vs PIT, CAR, DAL, and the NYG just to mention a few. The most frustrating part with Brent is that he’s inconsistent. He’s had a few outstanding games over the years, but the next week he’ll be up and down. There usually is no lack of effort, which is a big thing for me. I can’t stand when skill players are lazy blockers. Brent just gets sloppy with his technique.
Brent isn’t a great player or close to it. He is above average. He has games when he’s terrific. Against the Ravens this year he was 11-157. They had no one who could cover him. Brent also has sloppy games like the Lions loss. If he catches the one TD or doesn’t push off on the other (somewhat questionable call), we probably win that game. In the grand scheme of things, we actually benefited from the loss. It helped push for change and got us a higher draft pick.
Chip Kelly had some talented, productive TEs at Oregon. I’m sure Celek will have a key role in the new offense.
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OT Ed Wang was signed today. Not a huge deal. Doesn’t have the feet to be a LT. Could challenge for a spot at RT. Long shot to make the roster. We need depth on the OL so it is good to bring in guys like this to battle for spots. I cannot imagine any way King Dunlap comes back. Demetress Bell might already be locked away in Siberia. Wang has enough experience in camps and practice to know what he’s doing. He’s got some talent. He’ll compete for a spot. You want hungry players. And no…not the same kind of hungry as Max Jean-Gilles.
There is one interesting connection. The guy who worked Wang out was Bob Bicknell, the new WRs coach. Bicknell was with Wang in Buffalo. At that time, Bicknell was the TEs coach. Obviously that guy does a bit of work with the OL at times since TEs have to do some combo blocks with OTs.
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Jimmy Bama went to the “coaches media summit” the other day. He pulled out some quotes of interest. Some you might have already read, but a couple should be new.