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Eagles TE Brent Celek

August 31 Philadelphia Inquirer

“In Kevin Kolb’s two starts under center last season, Eagles tight end Brent Celek caught 12 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.

Because of Celek’s production with Kolb, there was an assumption heading into this season that he would benefit most from the quarterback’s promotion.

But it hasn’t been that way through the first three preseason games. In the starters’ six quarters of play, Celek has just four catches for 51 yards. Kolb has targeted him just eight times compared with 17 and 10 for wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, who each left a game early because of injuries.

“It’s not like I’m in panic mode or anything,” Celek said Monday. “Honestly, I really don’t care about the catches as long as we’re winning.”

There should have been an additional reception, but Celek could not hold on to a would-be touchdown pass in the first preseason game against Jacksonville.

“We just haven’t clicked as well as we’d like to,” Kolb said.

Celek said he has dealt with assorted bumps and bruises and the occasional day when he did not have his legs during camp, but nothing that would warrant a day’s rest.

“Personally, I’m not that type of person,” said Celek, who led the team with 76 catches a year ago. “I can never take a day like that. I’m too superstitious.””

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