Go ahead–run through the list of the game’s elite tight ends. Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Vernon Davis, Jeremichael Finley, Jason Witten, and Tony Gonzalez. Even guys like Fred Davis, Brandon Pettigrew, and Owen Daniels often enter the conversation before Brent Celek’s does, but after his dominant eight catch, 157 yard performance Sunday over the Ravens, it may now be time to put Celek’s name into the mix.
His yardage total was the most for any Eagle since Pete Retzlaff’s in 1965 and was the second most yards allowed to a tight end by Baltimore. Oh, and, according to CSN’s Reuben Frank, Brent Celek has 65 receptions for 960 yards over his last 13 games. Breaking 47-year-old records aside, Celek now has an impressive 12 catches for 222 yards–good for an absurd 18.5 yards per catch–through two games.
And while Celek’s clutch performance helped key the Eagles’ dramatic 24-23 win over Baltimore on Sunday, it was his unbelievable leap over Ed Reed that has him on most fans’ radars this morning. On a 2nd and 12 play in the third quarter, Ed Reed lined up Celek near midfield when the tight end leaped over the future Hall of Fame safety to pick up an additional five yards. Interestingly, it’s not the first time Celek has used the move, but certainly this play was more memorable.
While Celek remains a notch below guys like Graham, Davis, and Gronkowski it’s certainly getting hard to argue that Celek’s name shouldn’t be part of the conversation.