The Eagles will probably use one of their 12 draft picks on a tight end later this month, but Eagles coach Andy Reid said at the NFL owners meetings that he's perfectly comfortable with Brent Celek as his starter.
Reid has good reason to feel that way about Celek. It's hard to imagine that Kansas City superstar Tony Gonzalez, a player coveted by many Eagles fans, or any other tight end could have done more for the Eagles in the NFC championship game than Celek.
The second-year tight end finished the Eagles' loss to the Arizona Cardinals with 10 catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
"It was kind of hard to believe," Celek said this afternoon after his workout at the NovaCare Complex. "After I scored my second touchdown, I was like, 'Wow, this is really happening.' Then when we took the lead, it felt like a dream coming true. I thought, 'We're going to the Super Bowl.' Then it slipped away and everything else went by the wayside."
The fact that Celek caught 19 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns in three playoff games, however, had to give Reid and the Eagles' coaching staff confidence in their young tight end. Celek, a fifth-round pick in 2007, isn't taking any of it for granted.
"I'm definitely excited," Celek said when asked about the opportunity to be the Eagles' starting tight end in 2009. "Any time you have a chance to get on the field and play more, that's exciting. That's what the game is all about. I'm working harder than ever to earn that spot. There's never going to be a 'what if?' for me. I'm giving it all I've got."
You can read more about Celek in tomorrow's Inquirer.