Brent CelekPHI -TECelek still a "big part" of Eagles passing game
Eagles TE Brent Celek was written off this offseason after the team added free-agent James Casey and rookie Zach Ertz. But Celek will enter Week 1 as Philly's starter and a will be a "big part of the Eagles' passing game," according to insider Paul Domowitch. Celek leads the team's TEs with 7 catches and 70 yards this preseason. "I love this offense," he said. "Just from a communications standpoint. It's amazing how fast you can execute it." It'll be difficult to rely on any of the Eagles' TE as weekly fantasy starters. And Ertz's raw ability makes him the most intriguing target. But Celek is worth grabbing late in Draft Masters leagues. He figures to have a few big games this year.
Brent CelekPHI -TECelek still the Eagles' #1 TE?
Eagles TE Brent Celek played all 21 snaps with the 1st-team offense in the team's preseason opener. Per insider Jeff McLane, Celek lined up next to the OT on 12 snaps, in the slot 4 times, out wide 3 and in the backfield 2. Celek blocked on 11 snaps and went out for a pass on 10. He finished with 2 catches on 2 targets for 14 yards. Rookie TE Zach Ertz, meanwhile, blocked on just 9 of 22 snaps. He was targeted 3 times, hauling in 2 for 10 yards. Celek's experience and blocking ability figure to have him lead Eagles TEs in snaps this season. But we still like the more athletic Ertz to pace the group in receiving. TE James Casey, by the way, didn't get a single snap with the starters. It looks like he's 3rd in the pecking order. We just updated our projections for the Eagles TEs.
Brent CelekPHI -TECelek a blocker; Ertz and Casey receivers
According to Eagles insider , Brent Celek is considered a blocking TE in Chip Kelly's offense. Zach Ertz and James Casey, on the other hand, are "primarily receivers." TEs need to be able to block and catch the ball in order to stay on the field in Kelly's offense. But it sounds like Celek will be doing more of the former. The coaching staff called blocking his greatest asset earlier this offseason. Meanwhile, Casey calls Kelly's offense a "perfect fit" for him. Ertz is excited too. "I don't think this could have been a better scenario for me personally," he said. "[Kelly's] got a heck of an offensive mind, and I know he'll put us in position to be successful." None of these guys are likely to emerge as weekly fantasy starters. but Ertz and Casey sit above Celek in our TE rankings.
Brent CelekPHI -TEactive
As expected, Eagles TE Brent Celek (concussion) is active for today's game against the Redskins. He's a low-upside TE1 in fantasy.
Brent CelekPHI -TEprobable for Week 16
Eagles TE Brent Celek (concussion) put in a full week of practice and will return for Sunday's game against the Redskins. With TE Clay Harbor (back) out, Celek is guaranteed a full workload. He's still just a low-end TE1 though. Celek only has 1 TD all year and has topped 65 yards just twice.
Brent CelekPHI -TEback at practice
Eagles TE Brent Celek (concussion) practiced on Monday. He's expected back for this weekend's game agianst the Redskins -- a defense he went for 5 catches and 42 yards against earlier this season. He'll be a low-end TE1 for Week 16.
Brent CelekPHI -TEruled out for Week 15
Eagles TE Brent Celek (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 15. He never had a chance to gain medical clearance ahead of Thursday night's game against the Bengals. TE Clay Harbor will step in as Philly's pass-catching TE. He went for 52 yards and a score in Celek's place yesterday and will be an intriguing spot-starter in fantasy for Week 15.
Brent CelekPHI -TEout with concussion
Eagles TE Brent Celek sustained a concussion on the first series of Sunday's game against the Bucs. He's done for the day. Celek leaves fantasy owners with 1 catch for 1 yard.
Brent CelekPHI -TEback at practice
Eagles TE Brent Celek (knee) returned to practice on Saturday. He ended up missing 9 days with the minor MCL sprain. This injury is a non-issue moving forward, although we'll continue to keep an eye on Celek's health after offseason hip and back surgeries.
Brent CelekPHI -TEhas minor knee injury
Eagles TE Brent Celek suffered what's being called a "minor" knee sprain in Thursday's practice. Knees are always a bit scary, but we have no reason to believe this is anything to worry about. "I'll be good," Celek said after practice. Remember, though, that Celek underwent hip and back surgeries this offseason, so the issues are starting to pile up. We'll keep an eye on his health the rest of the summer.
Brent CelekPHI -TErecovered from offseason surgeries
Eagles insider Adam Caplan notes that TE Brent Celek "looks to be all the way back" from his offseason hip and back surgeries. That jives with Celek's statement back in May that he feels as healthy as he has in a few years. "Celek looked more fluid getting off the line" in minicamp, Caplan observed. After finishing 9th at the position last season, a healthy Celek could be even better in 2012.
Brent CelekPHI -TEhealthier than he's been in awhile
Eagles TE Brent Celek revealed that he's been playing through back and hip injuries for the better part of the past 2 years. He underwent surgery to correct both issues this past January. Celek has been a limited participant in OTAs this week. He believes he'll be better off in the long-run after the surgeries, though, saying that he feels "better than I have probably in the last three of four years." A healthy Celek has top-8 upside in 2012. We'll continue to monitor his health leading up to Week 1.
Brent CelekPHI -TEwill be limited in OTAs
Eagles HC Andy Reid says TE Brent Celek (shoulder, hernia) will be limited in June OTAs. Reid said just a few days ago that Celek is fully expected to be fine for Week 1, and the fact that he'll be able to get on the field at all next month is good news. We'll continue to monitor Celek's progress after those January surgeries.
Brent CelekPHI -TEhealth update
Eagles TE Brent Celek underwent surgeries in early January to repair a sports hernia and a torn labrum in his hip. We haven't heard much about his progress over the past 4 months. HC Andy Reid didn't reveal much in a recent press conference either. “He’s actually doing very well,” Reid said. “We’ll take it easy with him and see how he does." Reid did add that Celek will at least put in some work in OTAs. He's also fully confident that Celek will be ready by the time Week 1 rolls around.
Brent CelekPHI -TEundergoes hernia and hip surgeries
Eagles TE Brent Celek underwent surgeries on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia and a torn labrum in his hip. Celek took a pain-killing injection in his hip in late August, so it looks like he played the entire season with that injury. It's unclear how long he was dealing with the hernia, but he finished with a solid 62 catches for 811 yards and 5 TDs. Celek should be fine for the start of training camp this summer.
Brent CelekPHI -TEactive
Eagles TE Brent Celek (hip) is active for tonight's game against the Bears. The injury doesn't figure to impact his play. Celek has racked up 136 yards and 2 scores in his last 2 games and gets a Chicago defense ranked dead-last in fantasy points against TEs. Celek is definitely a viable fantasy option.
Brent CelekPHI -TEprobable
The Eagles officially designated TE Brent Celek as probable on Saturday. That just supports what we already expected. He and his hip should be good to go Monday night against the Bears. Celek is a good play. Meanwhile, RB LeSean McCoy doesn't even carry a status. That officially means his stomach flu is nothing to worry about.
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