Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/28/13
To borrow a line from Mark Twain reports of Brent Celek's football death have been greatly exaggerated. A subpar season and the offseason arrival of two heralded tight ends - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz - had a lot of people in these parts ready to put the 6-year veteran out to pasture. But when the Eagles open the season in less than 2 weeks against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field Celek 28 once again will be their starting tight end. "I love this offense" he said. "Just from a communications standpoint. It's amazing how fast you can execute it." The Eagles have run 225 offensive plays in their first three preseason games. That's an average of 75 per game which is more than any other team in the league. For Celek and the rest of the Eagles' receiving corps more plays means more opportunities for catches and big plays. He has seven receptions in the preseason which is the most he's had since his rookie year (2007). Productive preseasons don't necessarily translate into productive regular seasons. But it's been clear from watching Chip Kelly's offense operate this summer that the 6-4 255-pound Celek still is going to be a big part of the Eagles' passing game. Last year Celek came out of the blocks fast catching 12 passes for 222 yards in season-opening wins over the Browns and the Ravens including an eight-catch 157-yard Week 2 performance in the Eagles' win over the eventual Super Bowl champions. But then the music died for both Celek and the Eagles. They lost 12 of their next 14 games and he had just one touchdown catch and notched more than 60 receiving yards just one more time the rest of the season (73 against the Cowboys in Week 13). "I don't really care about my stats" he said. "What was so frustrating was the losing. Losing game after game. It's rough on you. Those bumps and bruises hurt way worse when you're not winning."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

Former NFL LB Armstrong, wife reportedly killed by 16-year-old son

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker