Brent Celek Fantasy News

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

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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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (neck) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (neck) practiced fully Wednesday. Celek will be fine to face Washington. He’s a desperation start given his decent rapport with QB Mark Sanchez.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 14. Per the Denver Post, Thomas “ran pass routes during the open viewing session, more activity than he had shown earlier in the week.” But there is “no guarantee” that he returns this week, so owners should get a Plan B ready since the Broncos play in the late round of games. Scott Chandler, Tony Moeaki, Anthony Fasano, Vernon Davis, Mychal Rivera, Tim Wright, Brent Celek, Levine Toiolo or either of the Green Bay tight ends play at the same time as (or later than) Thomas.

Kelly: Brent Celek is playing better than Zach Ertz

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:09pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

On Wednesday, head coach Chip Kelly was asked why TE Zach Ertz isn't seeing the same time he was when the season started.

"Brent Celek is doing a hell of a job," Kelly said. "It would be an injustice to tell Brent he has to sit because we want to put someone else in the game."

"He is an outstanding blocker," Kelly said of Celek. "He might be the best blocking tight end in the league. He is a sure handed receiver. You saw against Carolina he had over 100 yards receiving...It doesn't have to do with Zach, it has to do with how well Brent is playing."

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz has played 35 percent or fewer snaps in two of the last three weeks. He's the #15 TE on a per game basis, behind Heath Miller, Owen Daniels and Coby Fleener. This hasn't turned out to be the breakout season that most were expecting.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Celek is worth a look in deep leagues given his apparent rapport with Mark Sanchez and the Eagles’ willingness to leave Zach Ertz on the sideline.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Celek is worth a look in deep leagues given his apparent rapport with Mark Sanchez and the Eagles’ willingness to leave Zach Ertz on the sideline.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Celek is worth a look in deep leagues given his apparent rapport with Mark Sanchez and the Eagles’ willingness to leave Zach Ertz on the sideline.

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