Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; UTEP tight end Eric Tomlinson catches a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Key Additions: Eric Tomlinson
Key Losses: James Casey
Much like offensive line, the tight end position is one that hasn’t seen a huge turnover, so the needle hasn’t moved very much. Releasing James Casey was the only notable change to this unit, and despite his contributions as a special teams ace, his impact on the offense was minimal. In 2 seasons with the team, Casey managed a paltry 6 catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns. Admittedly, this low output was largely due to addition of Zach Ertz, who unexpectedly dropped to the Eagles at the top of the 2nd round in 2013.
Had it not been for the acquisition of Ertz, it stands to reason that Casey’s role in the Eagles’ offense might have been a bit more expansive (even more so when you account for the decline of Brent Celek‘s receiving capabilities). Celek, by the way, continues to be a very effective inline blocker, and despite his recent decline in explosiveness, is still capable of moving the chains.
The aforementioned Zach Ertz is a player that Kelly would be wise to give an expanded role in 2015, as he has the ability to be one of the team’s most versatile and efficient pass catchers. And while second year player Trey Burton likely won’t see much action on offense, he’ll continue to play a pivotal role on special teams, and help to alleviate the effects of the void left by Casey’s removal.
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