Thursday, November 5, 2009
Celek could be the key vs. Cowboys
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Don't look now, but Eagles tight end Brent Celek is quietly emerging as one of the better tight ends in the NFC. The Giants tried to cover him one-on-one with safety Michael Johnson and he made them pay with a 17-yard touchdown catch.
Celek, now in his third season out of the University of Cincinnati, has 37 catches for 447 yards and three touchdowns. He made the smart decision to study film of Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten as soon as soon as he entered the league. He said he's learned a lot from watching Witten -- especially in terms of how to set up routes.
Witten has the same amount of catches as Celek this season, but he only has 348 yards and one touchdown. I believe the Cowboys will try to use safety Gerald Sensabaugh in one-on-one coverage with Celek. And I think that will be a mistake.
I had the chance to visit with Celek on Wednesday via 103.3 ESPN Radio in Dallas. I'll try to get the audio for you guys later today.