Brent Celek Fantasy News

TE to be big part of Eagles offense

Monday, August 8, 2016, 8:01am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. It appears that Ertz will make his return this week. This throws cold water on Brent Celek’s Sneaky Start status.

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.

Eagles use more two-TE sets in Week 5

Monday, October 12, 2015, 11:37am

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Coming into Sunday afternoon’s game against the Saints, the Eagles thought they would be able to get their tight ends involved in the passing game.

They were right.

Brent Celek and Zach Ertz each had their best offensive outputs of the season in the Eagles’ 39-17 win over the Saints at the Linc.

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.”

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Eagles Beat: Zach Ertz is team's TE1

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 12:21pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Last season, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was unable to take over the starting job from Brent Celek.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Eagles Beat: 'Very good chance' that Brent Celek leads Eagles' tight ends in snaps

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 1:31pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

When the season winds down next January or February, there's a very good chance that Brent Celek will have taken the majority of the Eagles' tight-end snaps once again this season. Not Zach Ertz.

This was supposed to be the summer Ertz wrestled the starting job away from the 30-year-old Celek. He worked hard in the offseason to improve his blocking, talking to offensive line coaches and future Hall of Fame tight ends and training with MMA fighters.

But then he suffered a core-muscle injury early in training camp and has missed the entire preseason. Ertz hopes to be back for the Atlanta game. But even if he is, his snaps likely will be limited to passing downs and two-tight-end sets.

And if the preseason and their 11-on-11 team work in training camp is any indication, the Eagles will be cutting down on their use of two-tight-end sets this season as they make greater use of running back Darren Sproles in the passing game.

Last year, they used two-tight-end formations on 344 of their 1,128 offensive snaps, or 30.1 percent of the time. Celek played 815 snaps; Ertz played 587.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Most (73%) of his snaps came on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint. The groin injury isn't helping, so owners who draft Ertz should be prepared for an unproductive September.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz making plays, but continues to run with the second team

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 12:50pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane:

The Zach Ertz Catch of the Day had been a part of the last note in my observations after the previous two practices, but it deserves to go straight to the top after the tight end’s performance on Tuesday. Ertz had several standout moments, but his best grab came late in the session. QB Mark Sanchez threw a pass just slightly behind Ertz on a seam route, but with great body control he went up for the ball over LB Mychal Kendricks and came down with the catch. Ertz was slow to get up, but walked it off and returned. But that wasn’t all. During one series, he caught all three passes from Sanchez – a comebacker, a toss over the middle with LB Jordan Hicks on his back, and on a crosser. Ertz continues to work with the second team offense behind Brent Celek.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Most (73%) of his snaps came on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint.

Eagles Beat: More two-TE sets possible

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 8:22am

Philadelphia Magazine - [Full Article]

The pressing question: How will the playing time between TEs Brent Celek and Zach Ertz be divided?

The passing of the torch many predicted for last season never really came to fruition. Celek was on the field for 827 of the offensive snaps, or 69 percent of the time, compared to 603 snaps (50 percent) for Ertz. It really does come back to blocking. Ertz was called on as a run-blocker 161 times last season to Celek's count of 443.

Ertz knows the only way to take over the lead role in this run-heavy system is to improve that area of his game, and he's worked towards that end. His busy travel itinerary this offseason in the name of getting better included a stop to study under former offensive line coach Hudson Houck.

It stands to reason that Ertz will see a jump in playing time as he continues to develop into a more well-rounded tight end. While Celek's snaps might very well drop as a result, Kelly is a huge fan of the nine-year veteran and will likely still deploy him quite a bit. It wouldn't be all that surprising, then, if we saw an increase in the number of two tight-end sets in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

This makes a lot of sense and is something many predicted would happen when Kelly took over the team a few years ago, however it never really came about. With the loss of Jeremy Maclin at WR, the Birds are a bit unproven at wideout, and if Ertz is indeed improved and can earn more playing time, Celek can still hold his own at the position as both a blocker and receiver. We still rank Ertz higher on our TE list, consider him a mid-range TE1 option, and think this is the year he finally busts out a bit. However, it looks like Celek is going to remain a factor.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz took on a 'larger role' down the stretch

Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:20pm

Eagles - [Full Article]

As the season progressed, it was clear that Zach Ertz was taking on a larger role in the Eagles' offense. Over the final four-game stretch of the season, Ertz edged out Brent Celek in total offensive snaps (168 to 167), and his historic 15-catch performance (an Eagles record) against Washington in Week 16 was the shining example of what Ertz might be able to accomplish in his NFL career.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Most (73%) of his snaps came on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint.

Eagles Beat: 'Very active' TE Zach Ertz will put up 'big time numbers' if he gets enough snaps

Friday, June 19, 2015, 2:26pm

Philly Voice - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice:

Anytime a tight end made any kind of impressive catch, it always seemed to be Zach Ertz. He was very active, and is already becoming one of Sam Bradford's favorite targets. Ertz has said that he wants to be the best tight end to ever play the game. While that is obviously a very lofty goal, I feel fairly ceretain that if the Eagles play him as much as they should this season, he's going to put up big time numbers.

Fantasy Impact:

That's the rub with Ertz: Thus far, the team has limited his snaps to keep Brent Celek on the field due to his superior blocking. Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Ertz played mostly (73%) on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations.

Eagles Beat: It's 'clear' that Mark Sanchez has advantage in 'ability to move the offense'

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 2:06pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

At this point it is clear that Mark Sanchez is ahead of San Bradford when it comes to his ability to move the offense. Sanchez was on fire during both the seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, getting his team into the endzone twice. Sanchez's best throw of the day came to tight end Brent Celek, who he hit for a touchdown over the fingertips of two defenders. If head coach Chip Kelly really does open up the competition at quarterback, Bradford has his work cut out for him.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Bradford to win the job, but if Sanchez continues to play efficiently, Bradford will have to play that much better to win the job in training camp. Whoever wins the job should offer high-end QB2 numbers in Chip Kelly's offense.

'Impossible to overstate' how much Chip Kelly loves TE Brent Celek

Monday, February 9, 2015, 3:14pm

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Sheil Kapadia on the state of the team's tight end corps:

Brent Celek played 69 percent of the snaps last year and finished with 32 catches for 340 yards and a touchdown. Celek was very good as a run blocker, and it's no secret that Chip Kelly thinks the world of him.

Zach Ertz is one of the best receiving options on the team, having finished with 58 grabs for 702 yards. The feeling here is that he was underutilized (50 percent of the snaps) in 2014.

Celek is 30 years old and certainly does not provide the same threat as a receiver that he once did. But it's impossible to overstate how much Kelly loves him. This is still a run-based offense, and Celek is the best blocking tight end on the roster. He carries a $5 million cap hit, which doesn't seem unreasonable. In other words, I don't think he's going anywhere.

Many (including yours truly) thought Ertz would take a bigger chunk out of Celek's snaps last year. Ertz will have to continue to improve his run blocking to earn Kelly's trust. But his role should continue to expand in his third season.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz's run blocking improved dramatically this year, per the grading of the analytics sites. Still, Kapadia's comments about Kelly's affection for Celek do not indicate that the team is ready to give Ertz significantly more playing time. Ertz finished as the #13 TE in standard formats even though he played just 50 percent of his team's snaps.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (neck, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16.

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