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Eagles Looking To Get TE Brent Celek More Involved On Offense
Coming off a career 2009 season in which Eagles TE Brent Celek caught 76 passes for 971 yards and eight TDs at the age of 24, it was believed that he might join the elite ranks of receiving tight ends for the next several seasons. But Celek's numbers took a dip last season after the switch from Donovan McNabb to Michael Vick at quarterback which made the passing game became more vertical to the wide receivers while the short stuff often went to the backs instead of the tights ends like when McNabb was under center. After a bout of the drops early last season, Celek was overlooked in the offense for the most part as he never had more than four receptions in any other game other than a 10-catch game in the Week 16 loss to the Vikings. But the recent lockout workouts with Vick, Celek and other Eagles could help get the two in better harmony, and we hear the Eagles have tried to find better ways to keep Celek a viable part of the offense. They like the TE position and think Celek and promising but raw Clay Harbor could form a nice pass-catching duo.
We have a quarterback who can get the ball to our wideouts know. A quarterback not afraid to gamble. Celek was McNabb's checkdown/bailout guy when he had the career year. I'm glad we have a tight end that is capable when we need to call on him, but I'll gladly take reduced numbers for Celek if it means Maclin and DeSean get their hands on the ball more.