September 24 Camden Courier-Post:
“Interestingly, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg started his Thursday press conference by saying he thought LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek had played well against Detroit.
Obviously, McCoy played well. He rushed for a career-high 120 yards and three touchdowns in the 35-32 win. In doing so, he became the first Eagles running back to rush for three touchdowns in a game in 15 years.
Jackson, a receiver, also played well. He caught four passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, and the third-year pro’s 45-yard touchdown catch was the 12th of his career to cover 35 or more yards. He has 19 career touchdown catches.
However, Celek only caught three passes for 27 yards in Michael Vick’s first start at quarterback for the Eagles, but Mornhinweg seemed to appreciate the little things the tight end did vs. the Lions. Blocking downfield for McCoy, pass protecting for Vick and running precise routes to create space for Jackson are the less glamorous aspects of Celek’s job — but they’re no less important.
Still, the Eagles tight end is coming off a season in which he established career-highs with 76 receptions for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 255 pounder is second all-time in all three single-season categories among Eagles‘ tight ends.
The fourth-year pro’s production last season led to a six-year contract extension.
So, catching three balls for 27 yards against the Lions doesn’t exactly jump off the statistics sheet as the hallmark of someone who played well, especially someone who did so much a year ago and is expected to do even more now.
“He had that one drop, but other than that, he played very well,” Mornhinweg insisted.
In the Eagles’ opener, a 27-20 loss to Green Bay, Celek didn’t light up the stats page either, catching only two passes for 32 yards. In two games, he has five catches for 59 yards and no touchdowns — hardly, eye-popping numbers for one game, let alone two.
And that begs this question: Does Celek miss Donovan McNabb? Did McNabb throw underneath coverage more last season to his emerging tight end from the University of Cincinnati?”
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