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TE Garrett Celek - San Francisco 49ers

6-5, 252Born: 5-29-1988College: Michigan StateDrafted: ---

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2016 Week 17 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 9 / 1 rec)

Two weeks ago, Celek went for 2-22-1 against Atlanta's similar defensive scheme (i.e., almost exclusively Cover-1 and Cover-3). With even better talent at linebacker and safety, Celek went for 1-9-1 against Seattle this week, and that touchdown catch came in the most odiferous garbage of garbage time.

2016 Week 16 vs LA (7 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Celek could have had a much larger fantasy output in this game if not for Colin Kaepernick's erratic arm. He was open for 10 yards (or more) on his first target, having beaten safety Mark Barron, but Kaepernick overthrew him badly. After a 12-yard reception on a pick play targeting linebacker Alec Ogletree, Celek was once again the recipient of an overthrow, this time on a deep corner route that resulted in an interception. After beating safety T.J. McDonald on a pivot route for 12 yards on the first play of the second quarter, Celek didn't see another target -- a 3-yard reception -- until midway through the fourth quarter, when Los Angeles was playing prevent defense while nursing a 21-7 lead. His next target should have been a touchdown, as he was wide open on a corner route in the red zone for an easy walk-in score, but Kaepernick badly underthrew him. Celek's final target came during San Francisco's game-winning drive. He beat Ogletree's man-to-man coverage down the seam, and this time Kaepernick delivered a perfect throw in a tight window for 12 yards.

2016 Week 15 vs ATL (6 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)

With Vance McDonald out, and Atlanta's defensive scheme susceptible to tight end production, this was supposed to be Celek's coming-out party. To wit, he was targeted on San Francisco's first offensive play. Yes, he caught a touchdown pass on his third target, but he dropped wide-open passes on his final three targets.

2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Celek played a larger share of snaps than usual due to Vance McDonald's season-ending injury midway through the second quarter. Amazingly, however, he was not targeted until overtime. On the play, Celek ran a pivot route against linebacker David Harris' man-to-man coverage. He caught the pass, which was thrown slightly behind him, but Harris was able to bring Celek down immediately.

2016 Week 13 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Combined, Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert threw 15 passes to 7 different receivers. Celek wasn't one of them, presumably because the 49ers' powers-that-be chose to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.

2016 Week 12 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)

Celek's touchdown was the lone highlight in an otherwise awful performance. With the game tied 7-7 and San Francisco driving, he lost a fumble inside the Dolphins 20-yard line. Two plays before his touchdown, Celek badly missed a block on Neville Hewitt that turned a Carlos Hyde touchdown into a 3-yard run. And in the fourth quarter, with San Francisco having just gone down 31-14, Celek dropped a perfect pass across the middle that would have picked up at least 15 yards.

2016 Week 11 vs NE (3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

Two of Celek's catches were of the simple, "sit down in the soft spot of short middle zone" variety. The other was on a pivot route, which San Francisco used frequently (and successfully) against New England. It was only a five-yard throw, but Celek had room to run after the catch. As he was about to head for paydirt, Shea McClellin made a shoestring tackle, which limited the gain to "only" 19 yards.

2016 Week 9 vs NO (6 / 4 / 76 / 0 rec)

Celek gained 37 receiving yards on identical plays, a backside throw to the tight end against zone coverage. He could have gained even more on a play identical to Vance McDonald's 65-yard touchdown, but he dropped the pass wide open. Granted, there were Saints defenders in the area ready to make the tackle, so it wouldn't have had that result, but it was an egregious error nonetheless. Before that drop, Celek did show some individual skill by beating linebacker Craig Robertson one-on-one down the seam for a 31-yard gain.

2016 Week 7 vs TB (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Despite splitting snaps almost 50/50 with Vance McDonald, Celek had a forgettable performance. His first target didn't come until midway through the third quarter. He beat linebacker Daryl Smith on a go route down the seam, but Kaepernick overthrew him. On his second target, he made the catch in space, but fumbled almost immediately. (Luckily for him, it was recovered by a teammate.) And on his third target, he dropped a rare accurate downfield throw by Kaepernick, which would have resulted in a late garbage-time touchdown. To be fair, it wasn't a wide-open drop a la McDonald's bugaboo. That said, Celek got both hands on the ball, and the defender didn't knock it out.

2016 Week 6 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Vance McDonald back in the lineup, Celek returned to his normal 50-50 snap split. He wasn't 50/50 in targets, though, because he only ran 8 routes in 21 plays before garbage time. Those other 13 snaps saw him helping out the offensive line both in run-blockig and pass protection.

2016 Week 5 vs ARI (6 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

How does a tight end, the safety blanket of a quarterback who relies on short passes, have only one reception on six targets? First, said quarterback overthrows him by at least five feet when he's wide open 20 yards downfield. Second, he drops an easy catch that would have resulted in a first down rather than a punt. Third, a pass intended for him gets deflected at the line of scrimmage and lands right into the waiting arms of a defensive lineman, who makes the interception. And finally, he gets three "targets" in garbage time with a quarterback under constant pressure because this particular defense has a penchant for pinning their ears back in the pass rush when they have a fourth-quarter lead.

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)

Celek did a great job of finding the soft spot in Dallas' zone, turning around, and providing a clean target to which Gabbert could deliver the ball. Every one of his receptions came from this template, with most including open spaces to run after the catch. There was one exception, though. On a deep corner route in the early third quarter, Celek was able to (finally) beat man-to-man coverage, but only by the slimmest of margins. Somehow, Blaine Gabbert was able to thread his pass through the tiniest of windows, picking up 15 yards through the air; Celek gained 14 after the (improbable) catch.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Celek played around 80 percent of snaps due to Vance McDonald's hip injury. And for the second week in a row, he nearly got injured himself thanks to Blaine Gabbert throwing a pass that exposed him to a big hit to his back. Last week, the offending throw was high and inside on a deep corner route. This week, it was high and inside on an out route parallel to the line of scrimmage, which safety Kam Chancellor snuffed out. Prior to that, Celek had actually beaten Chancellor in man-to-man coverage for a 5-yard gain and had found himself wide open down the seam for an 18-yard gain before safety Earl Thomas could get there in his over-the-top defensive responsibility.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Celek once again alternated series with McDonald, but saw the field a little more often this week because Chip Kelly used more two tight end sets. With limited targets in the passing game, Celek's only noteworthy play was the one where, instead of giving him a long reception, Blaine Gabbert nearly got him killed. With the offense driving on Carolina's half of the field late in the first quarter, Celek was wide open 20 yards down the seam. Gabbert's pass was outside and high despite Celek's in-breaking route, so he had to twist and jump just to even get his hands on the ball. That allowed free safety Tre Boston to deliver a big hit to Celek's back. He stayed down for a few moments, but ultimatly returned to the game. More throws like that, however, and Celek might not be so lucky next time.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Like Vance McDonald, Celek wasn't targeted much in the passing game and didn't show much when he was. His first target was a drop in the red zone. His second target was a mixed bag. On one hand, although he couldn't beat converted safety Mark Barron in a man-to-man situation, Barron benefitted from holding him the entire route and it not getting called. On the other hand, the pass was on-target and it hit him squarely in the hands, so he still should have caught it despite the (illegal) contact. On his third target, Celek couldn't beat linebacker Alex Ogletree one-on-one (no shenanigans this time), and the quick out nearly turned into a pick-six. Midway through the fourth quarter, Celek finally had a positive play. On another questionable-but-somehow-not-disastrous throw from Gabbert, Celek redeemed his drops by snagging a slightly-behind-him pass between two defenders, and then holding onto the ball despite a big hit from safety T.J. McDonald.


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