Brent Celek is one of the longest tenured Eagles. He’s so old that he can even remember Greg Lewis trying to field punts against the Packers. How’s that for a trip down crappy memory lane?
Celek referred to “the kids” when talking about the young TEs. That’s the first sign that he’s an old man. But Celek sure doesn’t look old. He’s coming off a terrific season and says sports science has him feeling great. I am really curious to see the long term effects that the sport science program has. Will this actually extend careers by a year or two? Can we try some of the stuff on Brian Dawkins right now?
The emergence of Zack Ertz will cut into some of Celek’s playing time, but he is still a key player. Celek is the better blocker of the duo and that’s critical in Chip Kelly’s running offense.
Celek loves the offense and he talked about the fact that adjustments have already been made. Chip Kelly isn’t a stagnant coach. He didn’t come to the NFL with one good idea. Kelly understands moves and counter-moves. He knows defenses will have adjusted to his schemes and Kelly has some moves already planned. It should be exciting to see the X’s and O’s battle between Kelly and defensive coordinators this season.
Celek only caught 32 passes in 2013. That was his fewest catches as a starter. But he had 6 TDs, the 2nd most of his career, and he averaged 15.7 yards per catch, far and away the highest total of his career. I can’t find an Eagles TE from the past 20 years who came close to that figure. TEs normally average 10 to 12 yards per catch. Keith Jackson once got up to 13.4. Celek once got to 13.1. Celek wasnt a volume receiver in 2013, but he was an impact receiver.
I think he can sustain a good level of play in that type of role for a couple of more years. The only concern I would have is whether blocking a lot will start to take a toll on him. Celek is in great shape and hasn’t suffered any major injuries in the NFL so he might be a guy that sports science can keep on the field until his mid-30’s.
Out of curiosity, I pulled up my pre-draft notes on Celek.
Brent isn’t all that big, but he’s a good receiving TE and has some athletic ability. Has 91 catches and 14 TDs for his career. Good receiver. Has good hands, but will drop passes from time to time. Celek had a huge play in the upset of Rutgers . He caught an 83 yd TD pass. Took a short throw in the left flat. Got by a defender and then headed down the sideline for the score. Has good RAC ability. Marginal blocker. Good positional blocker. Needs to use his hands better. Also needs to block with a wider base. Gets little straight ahead push as an in-line blocker. Moves okay, but isn’t great athlete. Good release. Works mostly short to medium routes, but athletic enough to stretch the field somewhat. Ran a 4.79 at his Pro Day.
Backup LS at UC. Could be an emergency snapper in the NFL.
Day 2 player. Has value for a team that likes to throw to the TE. Ideal for the WCO.
Feels good to get a scouting report right every now and then.