Look at the numbers, and Brent Celek is having the worst season of his career.
Watch him actually play football, and he might be having the best year of his career.
Celek, who averaged nearly 600 receiving yards in his first seven NFL seasons, has just 90 yards through eight games this year. He doesn’t have a touchdown, his per-catch average of 6.4 is half his career average, and he has just two catches longer than eight yards halfway through the season.
And, yeah, he’s playing better than ever.
Celek, one of the most productive receiving tight ends in the NFL since 2009, has morphed into one of the league’s finest blocking tight ends by necessity.
With an offensive line in shambles – the Eagles have used 13 different O-line combinations so far, and that number will go up this weekend – the Eagles have desperately needed Celek on the line of scrimmage and not running pass patterns.
This likely won't change. The Eagles expect G Evan Mathis back in Week 10, however G Todd Herremans has been placed on IR Tuesday.