Like Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole, Eagles tight end Brent Celek has proven to be another great 5th round draft picks out of Cincinnati.¬† He’s primed to follow his fellow Bearcat to the Pro Bowl in 2010.
He had a tremendous season a year ago with 76 catches for 971 yards and 8 touchdowns, but the quarterback change from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb should increase his catches and make him even more of a focal point of the team’s passing attack.
The move to Kolb will create more of an emphasis on the short passing game and likely breed additional opportunities for Celek to catch the football.¬† He and Kolb have to get to the point where they think as one.
He’s got to be there as a safety valve when Kolb gets in trouble because Kevin isn’t going to be able to run away from defensive linemen like McNabb used to do.
The former Bearcat has improved every year he’s been here by living in the weightroom during the off season which has allowed him to get bigger and much stronger.¬† The added strength has helped him as a blocker and made it easier for Celek to fight through linebackers’ jams at the line of scrimmage.
He’s the best tight end the Eagles have had since Pro Bowler Keith Jackson ran routes for Randall Cunningham because he has the same deep speed that Jackson had, but the dependable Chad Lewis couldn’t beat anybody deep.
The development of Jeremy Maclin will force team to declare the second-year wideout from Missouri as the second most dangerous weapon they must¬† stop next to Pro Bowl flanker DeSean Jackson.
That declaration will likely mean that covering Celek will the assignment of one linebacker.¬† The development of Maclin added to the explosiveness of Jackson will prevent teams from using a safety to help the linebacker who is trying to cover Celek.
I think the Eagles will see a lot of two-deep coverages which are vulnerable to tight ends who can get deep.
I believe we’re also going to see Celek get more chances in the red zone with a two-tight end attack consisting of him and second-year tight end Cornelius Ingram.
Andy Reid has always been adept at putting together two-tight end packages.¬† He was the tight end coach back when the Packers won the Super Bowl with two Pro Bowl tight ends Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson.