29-Year-Old Tight End – Philadelphia Eagles
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
First-year coach Chip Kelly featured the tight end plenty in his offense last year, but Zach Ertz's emergence limited Celek to five-year lows in receptions and years. Ertz (56) and Celek (51) split th...
Brent Celek Contract Information:
Agreed to a six-year, $33 million contract extension with the Eagles in December of 2009.
Celek caught two passes for 41 yards on three targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.
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Celek enters this season as one of the bigger gambles after the hiring of Chip Kelly, the drafting of Stanford standout Zach Ertz and the quarterback uncertainty between Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Celek averaged similar numbers last year to 2011, except in touchdowns where he had just one. Celek’s output fell off especially after Foles took over for Vick in Week 10 – Celek received just two red-zone targets the rest of way. Even when Vick was under center, Celek hardly produced aside from a 100-yard game in Week 2 and the lone touchdown in Week 5. In fact, he topped 50 yards only once in his last 12 games. Celek's role in Kelly's new offense is uncertain, but that cuts both ways – he could give way to Ertz, or he could be a more frequent target.
Celek rebounded from a poor showing in 2010 to increase his receptions by 20 and his receiving yards by 300 last season, thanks to 17 more targets and a significantly improved catch rate (63.9 percent, up from 52.5 percent). In addition to 62 receptions for 811 yards, he also scored five touchdowns in his second full season with Michael Vick and posted a career-high 13.1 yards per catch as he routinely was targeted down field. A strong blocker in the running game, Celek relies more on his route-running ability than speed or quickness to get open. He excels in running short and intermediate routes before turning upfield for extra yardage. Vick should continue to run less and throw more, which bodes well for Celek to repeat last season’s numbers. Celek had a strong finish to the season, recording 294 receiving yards and three touchdowns over his final three games. He underwent surgery in the offseason to repair a sports hernia and torn labrum in his left hip but is expected to be healthy for training camp.
Celek isn’t the strongest blocker in one-on-one situations and doesn’t have the greatest hands (eight drops last year). However, he uses his speed and quickness to get in and out of patterns to elude opposing defenders. The switch to Michael Vick at quarterback, though, ultimately undermined his production. While Celek was on a season pace of 100 targets with Kevin Kolb at quarterback, he saw only 47 targets come his way in 10 Vick starts. And that number is misleading as Celek's action was quite inconsistent under Vick – in five games he totaled six targets, recording just two receptions. All told, Celek received 29 fewer targets (12 fewer in the red zone) than in 2009 and finished with 460 fewer receiving yards. The loss of red zone targets resulted in only four touchdowns after he scored eight the previous year. With much of the offense revolving around DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy, Vick might be slow to turn to Celek again this season.
At first glance, fantasy owners might be wary about Celek’s prospects for this season after Donovan McNabb was traded to Washington. The Eagles will turn the offense over to quarterback Kevin Kolb, who has two career starts to his name. Unsettling as that might be, Celek should be one of Kolb’s top targets this season. Kolb relied heavily on Celek in his two starts last season, targeting the tight end 20 times, five of which came in the red zone. And while two games is obviously a small sample, Celek managed eight catches for 104 yards in each of those games. So, the odds are excellent that Celek and Kolb will form a reliable rapport.
Celek also was regularly employed near the goal line last season with 24 red-zone targets, third among NFL tight ends, and 14 targets inside the 10, second best among TEs. Moreover, Celek’s 971 receiving yards and eight touchdowns were both good for top-five among tight ends last season. He should be an excellent option once the top few tight ends are off the draft board.
With the loss of L.J. Smith, Celek is now the top tight end in Philadelphia. Smith leaves behind 64 targets, which when added to Celek's 38 shows good potential for 2009. Celek consistently improved and earned Donovan McNabb's trust as the season progressed. After finishing the regular season with 27 catches for 318 yards, he recorded 19 catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns during the Eagles' three postseason games. Celek will be one of the better sleepers heading into September at tight end.
Backup tight end. Underwent offseason shoulder surgery but is expected to be 100 percent for the 2008 season.
With L.J. Smith entering a contract year, Celek may be his eventual successor as Philadelphia's starting tight end. For 2007, he'll battle Matt Schobel for the backup role.