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TE Brent Celek - Philadelphia Eagles

6-4, 250Born: 1-25-1985College: CincinnatiDrafted: Round 5

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Celek is splitting the snaps with Zach Ertz down the middle, and now Ertz is dealing with an oblique injury. If Ertz goes down, Celek becomes an FF TE1 as the main receiving TE in a great offense. If you are struggling at TE, there are worse strategies than tying up a bench spot for Celek in the hope that there is some clarity here by the end of the season.

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are standing at 8-3 coming into this matchup - the teams are in a two-way race for the NFC East crown with New York and Washington out of the picture at 3-8. This is the first game of the two scheduled regular-season meetings between the clubs, at AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys are 3-3 so far this season. Mark Sanchez recovered from the 20-53 beat down the Eagles took at Green Bay (in which he threw 26/44 for 346 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions, with three sacks taken for -26 yards) to lead the Eagles to a 43-24 win at Tennessee last weekend. Sanchez had a slightly less productive outing, with 30/43 for 307 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -9 yards), but his special teams and running backs took up the slack to post a lot of points for the Eagles. During the past two weeks, six Eagles have seen double-digit targets: Jeremy Maclin (19 targets for 15/152/1 receiving), Jordan Matthews (16 for 11/184/1), Zach Ertz (12 for 8/85/0), Riley Cooper (12 for 7/88/0), Brent Celek (10 for 6/59/0) and Darren Sproles (10 for 5/37/0). There are a lot of moving parts in this passing attack, as you can see. The Cowboys' pass D is ranked 19th in the NFL averaging 247.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores allowed vs. 11 interceptions and 18 sacks generated so far (tied for 11th and 27th-ranked, respectively). New York threw for 29/40 for 328 net yards, three TDs and one interception, with two sacks taken for -10 yards last week; lowly Jacksonville managed 22/37 for 262 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown (with four sacks taken for -28 yards) back in Week 11. This looks like a good matchup for Sanchez and company even though they are on the road Thanksgiving day.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
9 at HOU 2 7 0 0
10 vs CAR 5 116 0 0
11 at GB 1 11 0 0
12 vs TEN 5 48 0 0
13 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
13 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
13 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 116 / 0 rec)

Celek got himself open for Sanchez to find him for a big 21 yard gain and moved the ball to the Panthers 7 yard line. Celek made a nice catch for a 20 yard gain over the middle of the field as he slightly pushed off the defender as he had to quickly go side to side to make the catch. Celek continued his big game with a 9 yard pickup over the middle. He followed that up on the very next drive with a fantastic catch for a 30 yard gain that initially looked to be an Eagles touchdown but his knee was down at the Panthers 1 yard line. Celek went up to make the catch and made sure to secure it in mid air and fought the ball away from the Panthers defender. Celek caught another big catch for a 37 yard gain and on the tackle at the end of the play had his ankle twisted and had to leave the game.

2014 Week 11 vs GB (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Celek saw his only catch of the game and he picked up 11 yards and a first down to start the Eagles drive.

2014 Week 12 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Celek's first reception came on Second-and-8 early in the first quarter. He caught the ball in space on a shallow crossing route before turning downfield for a first down. Celek didn't see the ball again until the third quarter, coincidentally on another 2nd-and-8. He caught the ball underneath by the sideline, before fighting his way forward for a first down. Later in the third quarter, Celek was the receiver on a screen play that was well blocked. He gained just six yards as his ability with the ball in his hands was limited. Early in the fourth quarter, Sanchez found Celek in traffic over the middle of the field for a first down and 12 yards. For his final reception, Celek ran behind the line of scrimmage and caught a pitch from Sanchez before running into space for a seven yard gain. Celek was a prominent piece of the Eagles offense in comparison to Zach Ertz, but he didn't show off spectacular ability to suggest he should remain a prominent piece.

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Latest News

Eagles | Zach Ertz needs to block better (Thu Nov 20, 09:19 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz has played 143 fewer snaps than TE Brent Celek this season, and when asked why Ertz wasn't playing as much, head coach Chip Kelly pointed to Celek's superior skills as a run blocker.

Our View: This is keeping Ertz from getting off the ground as a fantasy TE in this prolific offense. It could be something that caps his upside for the duration of his career with the Eagles because blocking is not his strength.
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Eagles | Brent Celek probable (Fri Nov 14, 12:47 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is probable for Week 11.

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Schedule

13@ Dallas Cowboys
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15vs Dallas Cowboys
16@ Washington Redskins
17@ New York Giants