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TE Brent Celek
Height: 6-4 1/8 Weight: 259 Speed: 4.76
Notes: Married. Younger brother, Garrett, is a junior tight end at Michigan State. Brent is a Cincinnati native who captained his hometown Bearcats, starting 38-of-48 games (2003-06) and totaling 91 receptions for 1,135 yards (12.5-yard average) and 14 touchdowns. A Combine snub, Celek was selected in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2007 draft. Became a full-time starter in his third season ('09) and has yet to miss a game, tallying 142-1,704-12 (12.0) in 57 career contests (35 starts). In four postseason games, caught 22-210-3 (9.5). Was rewarded last December with a six-year contract extension worth $33 million ($11 million guaranteed) that runs through the 2016 season.
Positives: Aligns in-line and on the move and is a quick study who can handle complex assignments. Is deceptively quick and understands how to work zones. Uses his hands well to defeat the jam, gets into routes quickly and hustles down the seam. Keeps his hands inside, grabs cloth and works to sustain. Tracks the ball well outside his frame. Solid production. Extremely hardworking and competitive. Has been very durable — has shown he can take a hit and pop back up. Has a passion for the game, and it clearly shows.
Negatives: Is not a strong base blocker and does not have the bulk or explosion to drive defenders off the ball — is too linear and underpowered to create a second surge. Could play with better knee bend and finish blocks more consistently. Is not physical or nasty. Does not pop out of his breaks. Lacks top-end speed to threaten defenses and has athletic limitations, creating little yardage after the catch and having a limited catching radius. Lacks playmaking ability and does not create mismatches against man coverage.
Summary: Does not look the part by any means and may never be a big factor in the blocking game, but he is very dependable, runs precise routes and is a functional pass catcher for the Eagles' West Coast offense. Handcuffs the Eagles' ability to play power football and restricts the vertical passing game. However, he will do everything he is asked and earn the trust of his quarterback and coaches. Has good instincts and a natural feel for the game and provides a very reliable safety outlet in the passing game.