Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm
Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:15pm
While Celek won’t practice on Wednesday, Pederson expects to have Celek available for this upcoming game against the Falcons at the Linc.
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:05pm
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (rib) missed practice Thursday. Ertz is very unlikely to play this week. Brent Celek is a Sneaky Start, but Trey Burton could gobble up some of Ertz’s routes. Burton (calf) took full practice reps Thursday.
The Eagles’ running backs and wide receivers won’t be near any lists for the top groups in the NFL, but their offensive hopes go beyond those skill positions. Look for the tight ends to fill a major role in the offense, with Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, and Trey Burton all a part of the passing game.
“Tight end is a strength of this roster, this offensive unit,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. “If you look at Doug’s [Pederson] system and what they did in Kansas City with their tight ends and how we’ll utilize them here, it’ll be very consistent with that, and we’ve got the players to do it. We can mix it up. They’re all real good, smart route runners – every one of them. So, we expect really good production from that unit.”
Ertz will be the biggest contributor of the group. Ertz caught 75 passes last season for 854 yards and two touchdowns. The receiving yards and touchdowns could see a jump this season. There were five tight ends who led their teams in receiving yards last season. Ertz might join that group that season. Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, and Darren Sproles will all be big parts of the passing offense, but the best mismatch could come from Ertz.
We had a story Sunday on the Eagles looking to involve Trey Burton in the offense, someone who has been a relative unknown with only two years in the league and three career catches. Expect him to split out wide and/or come out of the backfield. Celek is more than a capable receiver, but the safe fantasy bet seems to be Ertz here, and the story talked a lot about his skills.
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Ertz will make his return this week. This throws cold water on Brent Celek’s Sneaky Start status.
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:56pm
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:12pm
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Ertz is back at practice, but he hasn’t been fully cleared at this point. Brent Celek scored a TD last week and would be a Sneaky Start if Ertz remains out.
They were right.
The two combined for eight catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
It was the first time since last Dec. 14 (against the Cowboys) the Eagles had two tight ends with three catches apiece.
“We kind of knew coming into the game that Brent and I were going to have some more opportunities this week based on the game plan,” Ertz said. “I thought we did a good job and were successful when both of us were in the game. And hopefully it’s something that continues.”
So what was different against the Saints?
“It depends on what the defense gives us,” Celek said. “Chip (Kelly) does a good job of scheming against defenses. It just comes down to whatever a team is giving us, we’re going to have to try to take advantage of it and exploit them.”
Coming into the game, Ertz had 10 catches for 104 yards on the year. On Sunday, he had five for 60. Celek, meanwhile, had just two receptions on the season coming into Sunday. Against the Saints, he had three catches for 44 yards, which included a 13-yard touchdown. The two claimed it was nothing more than a game plan call, but the Eagles have been expected to use a lot two-TE sets since Kelly took over, something that hadn't really happened. The Eagles used a two-TE set for much of the game, which helped them compile 519 yards of total offense, their highest total of 2015. This may be something we start to see more often considering now much the offense has struggled to this point in the season.
One game into this season, and it's clear the job is his.
In his first game back from a surgery on his abdomen that sidlelined him for just about a month, Ertz played more snaps than Celek did in the Eagles' 26-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.
Ertz was in 52 snaps to Celek's 27. The Eagles did trail a good portion of the game. Ertz has struggled blocking so these numbers may change in a much closer game or a game where the Eagles lead. Still, Ertz was impressive enough in the passing game that offensively it looks like he's passed Celek as the team's top TE target.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (groin) took limited practice reps again Friday. Ertz says he’ll be a game-time decision for Monday night. We would try to avoid using him this week, but some owners may not have that option. The Eagles play on Monday, so owners could look at Vernon Davis, Brent Celek or Jacob Tamme as potential wait-and-see options.
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