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TE Garrett Celek - San Francisco 49ers

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs MIN 51 3 40 0 0 4
2 at PIT 46 2 10 0 0 1
3 at ARI 34 3 29 0 0 2.9
4 vs GB 40 3 26 0 0 2.6
5 at NYG PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs GB (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Celek, not Vance McDonald, was the target beneficiary of Vernon Davis' absence. Predictably, all of his targets came on short passes. Not predictable was a display of running ability after the catch on a second-quarter reception. After receiving the ball in stride on an underneath crossing route, Celek was able to gain an extra 10 yards (and a first down in the red zone) by juking safety Micah Hyde in the open field.

2015 Week 3 vs ARI (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Celek didn't get his first target until San Francisco's final drive, with about five minutes left in a 47-7 game. He made the most of his looks, however, finding a hole in Arizona's umbrella zone for two of his three catches. On the second reception, he showed some agility, successfully juking cornerback Justin Bethel to turn a one-yard gain into an eight-yard gain.

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Celek is included here because, although he didn't produce a big statline, his usage given the game script produced further confirmation that he's San Francisco's clear second tight end in passing situations. Aside from playing nearly three times as many snaps as Vance McDonald, he also ran five times as many routes. Of course, the bad news (besides his statline) is that, once the game got really out of reach, San Francisco used far more three-wide receiver sets than two-tight end sets, which prevented Celek from partaking in any possible game script-induced receiving bonanza.

2015 Week 1 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

If the 49ers' passing game is going to heavily involve the tight end, and there's the possibility that another tight end besides Davis has the potential to be fantasy-viable, then Celek appears to be a better option than Vance McDonald given their different usage rates against Minnesota: Celek played 52 snaps to McDonald's 36, he ran 15 routes to McDonald's 9, and he had 4 targets to McDonald's 1. Celek was also the second tight end in the formation for almost all of the 49ers' two touchdown drives, which is something coaches notice. The only problem seems to be that Celek is a well below-average blocker, and so it's possible coaches will lose trust over time given San Francisco's reliance on the running game, and their need to keep Colin Kaepernick healthy. That said, if something were to happen to Vernon Davis, Celek's receiving ability and usage suggests he's the likely replacement, not McDonald.


Latest News

49ers | Garrett Celek leads team in receiving (Mon Sep 28, 01:53 AM) - San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek had three receptions for a team-high 29 yards in the Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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