Eagles TE Brent Celek Catching Plenty Of PassesBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Tight Ends, Wide Receivers Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
On Monday the Eagles were working on plays and defenses to use against the Washington Redskins. Yesterday they were preparing for the Dallas Cowboys and today it will be the New York Giants. Tomorrow the target will be the Cleveland Browns whom they play at the beginning of the season.
This has been a methodology of Andy Reid football teams since he took over the Birds in 1999.
Eagles tight end Brent Celek has been having a an outstanding camp. He’s been catching everything thrown his way. Michael Vick seems to be getting more comfortable throwing the ball his way, so Celek looks like he could be headed to a big year.
They’ve been keeping the tight end busy with all types of routes and they know defenses will only be able to use a linebacker to cover Celek. The speed of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will keep the safeties and cornerbacks totally occupied.
Developing a connection with Celek will help Vick increase his completion percentage and consistency. Throws to the tight end are usually easier to complete and it helps the quarterback regain his rhythm if he misses a couple of throws deep or outside to the wide receivers. He can come back to his tight end on a short throw and get his confidence and rhythm back.
The only problem which could develop is poor play by left tackle Demetress Bell. If Bell can’t hold his own, then Celek could be asked to pass block.
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and tight end Clay Harbor have both been dropping passes throughout the OTA’s. They’re opening the door to other players to take their jobs.
Cooper has been given plenty of opportunity this week because DeSean Jackson hasn’t been here. Jackson is in California attending to a family matter, so this is supposed to be Cooper’s time to shine. He’s a big guy, who could grab a bigger role for himself in this west coast offense, but that means catching the football consistently.
The Eagles have been working on two-tight end sets with Harbor teamed up with Celek. It’s a formation which would put defenses in a bind because it’s a strong run blocking set, but also strong in the passing game if the second tight end can consistently get open and catch the football.
Harbor has been able to get open, but he’s not catching the football with enough consistency.
Remember the name of number 85 Brett Brackett. He’s a former Penn State Nittany Lions who was previously a wide receiver. He’s got good speed, who runs good routes and catches the football. Brackett isn’t much of a blocker, but he’s been turning heads with his ability to make things happen as a receiver.
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