Brent Celek has undoubtedly been one of the best tight ends in Eagles history

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The day after his 31st birthday, Brent Celek has another reason to celebrate. On Tuesday afternoon, he and the Eagles agreed to terms on a new three-year contract that will keep the tight end in Philadelphia through the 2018 season.

A nine-year veteran, Celek has continuously been a dominant force for his team. The tight end has 371 catches, 4,713 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns to his name, ranking him second all time among Eagles tight ends in the three categories. He trails only Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Pete Retzlaff. Additionally, his receptions are also tied for fifth most in franchise history, standing as a testament to the work Celek has put in each year.

In the first nine years of his NFL career, tight end Brent Celek has suited up and played in 143 games. For as physical as Celek has been as a pass catcher and a blocker, he’s missed just one game out of 144. The game came in 2012, when Celek sat out against the Cincinnati Bengals on a Thursday night in December. A shortened week held him back from passing through the league’s concussion protocol in time to play.

“It (ticks) me off, but it’s in the past now,” said Celek of missing the game against his hometown team. “I got my one, so hopefully never again.”

At 31 years old, Celek is participating in his 10th Training Camp with the Eagles. While the veteran has a different perspective and more experience than some of the younger players on the team, he still needs a few days to get adjust to the daily Training Camp grind.

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Brent Celek has undoubtedly been one of the best tight ends in Eagles history. He’s the longest-tenured non-specialist on the roster now and is second in franchise history among tight ends in virtually every receiving category, but at the  wholesale Eagles jerseys time of the 2007 NFL Draft, Celek didn’t know what to expect.

Coming out of Cincinnati, Celek was one of the biggest Combine snubs that year, something he says lit a fire under him. When his named was called by the Philadelphia Eagles, he was ready to get to work. Now, the tight end has 4,713 career receiving yards and 30 career touchdowns to his name. Reflecting back on his own draft experience, Celek wouldn’t change a thing. He’s an Eagle through and through.

Now in his 10th professional season (all with the same team, a list that includes only 10 active NFL skill-position players with at least 150 games of regular season experience) Celek’s been there for the peaks, catching 19 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns during a playoff run to the 2008 NFC Championship Game against Arizona. He’s been there for the valleys – seeing the Eagles go 4-12 in 2012, the team’s worst record since the 1998 campaign.

He’s been through different coaches and different systems. He flourished as one of the best yards-after-catch tight ends in the NFL under Andy Reid. He transformed into one of the league’s best blocking tight ends in Chip Kelly’s high-octane, rushing-focused system. He’s seen coordinators, head coaches and teammates come and go.

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Anthony Denham was a rookie free agent signing of the Texans in 2014. He finished his rookie season on the Texans’ active roster. He originally joined the Eagles’ practice squad in October. Denham was released, but returned mid-December.

Next season, the Eagles will play six games against their NFC East opponents, while also taking on all of the NFC West and AFC West teams to go along with the same-place finishers from the NFC South and NFC North.Nike Eagles #17 Nelson Agholor White Pink Women's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Fashion Jersey

As the Eagles continue to build the roster for the 2016 season, the team secured a key depth player on Wednesday, re-signing Najee Goode to a one-year contract.

It’s not one of the deepest position groups in the draft, but there are some seriously talented linebacker prospects in the 2017 class. Whether it’s the super-talented top prospect in Reuben Foster, the flashy Jabrill Peppers, the uber-athlete in Zach Cunningham or the sleepers like Jayon Brown and Anthony Walker, there are a lot of names to be aware of this week in Indianapolis. Let’s look at who we expect to shine at the Combine.

Carson Wentz is a very powerful star player

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The NFL Draft is about a month away. The Eagles have made their major moves in free agency, so we have a feel for what holes are left on the roster and where the team could use an upgrade in talent. The Eagles drafted Carson Wentz second overall last year. Now, they need to provide him with some more weapons and they need to find some young talent to add to the defense. With that in mind, here is my first Eagles mock draft of the year.

There were a lot of really great things to take away from the film of the Eagles’ offensive film from Thursday night’s win over the New York Giants. The run game looked strong once again. Carson Wentz was proficient. There were a lot of great concepts from the coaches, and the offensive line looked good against a tough New York front four with the return of Lane Johnson. That was evident from the first play of the game.Nike Eagles #72 Cedric Thornton Midnight Green Team Color Men's Stitched NFL New Elite Jersey

Ron Jaworski is watching. He is always watching and taking notes and understanding what Carson Wentz is going through every step of the way. Jaworski was a quarterback in Philadelphia, of course, and he knows about the scrutiny and the spotlight and the pressure and the opinions. He has seen the Eagles’ franchise rookie quarterback play 10 NFL games and he has a very definite opinion of the progress Wentz is making.

“I think Carson has been tremendous,” Jaworski said on Saturday at the NovaCare Complex as he watched the team practice ahead of Monday night’s game against Green Bay. “Unfortunately, people just look at stats and they look at wins and losses. When I look at Carson Wentz, I look at the tape. I watch the game as a fan on gamedays, like everyone does, but the first thing I do when I get to my office each week is watch Carson Wentz on tape to see how he is developing. This is a long-term solution. This is not a one-game, one-quarter, one-play operation, so what I see is a quarterback developing and making every throw.

“Remember, this is a quarterback who missed time in Training Camp and who missed most of the preseason so he is still growing and developing within the system. I still think he is going to be one of the premier quarterbacks in this league for a long, long time.”

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The Eagles are 5-5 and in need of a victory on Monday night to vault into December in a solid playoff-chase position. Wentz played in one preseason game and missed meaningful camp time recovering from a broken rib. He was named the starter eight days before the regular season opener after the Eagles dealt Sam Bradford to Minnesota, and then played three virtually flawless games as the Eagles began 3-0 and owned September. The sledding has been much more difficult for Wentz and the Eagles since then, as they’ve gone 2-5 in the seven games since. Wentz has completed 63.2 percent of his passes, with 11 touchdown passes and seven interceptions for the season.

Wide receiver was a critical need before the signings of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. The Eagles now have a good group for 2016. As Howie Roseman pointed out at the Senior Bowl, receiver is a position where it can take a year or two for players to develop. With that in mind, the Eagles could draft a receiver now to help them in 2018 or even 2019. We have to see if there are any players they are really high on.eagles gear cheap

It’s been an all-too-common theme for the Eagles this season. Small mistakes add up and suddenly the team finds itself on the losing side of the game, just as it did again this Sunday against the Redskins.

On the Washington 14-yard line with 21 seconds to play, quarterback Carson Wentz and the offense had an opportunity to complete a comeback. They let that chance slip away.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with linebacker Nigel Bradham.

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Last season, Bradham started the first 11 games of the year and compiled 57 tackles, the fourth-highest total on the team, before an injury cut his season short.

Nick Foles’ performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 31-20 Eagles win last Sunday earned him praise and accolades that extended beyond Philadelphia. On the heels of going 22-of-31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while adding another touchdown on a four-yard rush, and putting up a 133.3 quarterback rating, he was honored as the “Air” recipient of the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week award for Week 6, as voted on by fans. Foles will start his second straight game, against the Dallas Cowboys, this Sunday at 1 PM.Men's Nike NFL Philadelphia Eagles Sideline Legend Authentic Logo Tank Top Blue

It is the second time this season that an Eagles player has been honored as a FedEx Air & Ground Player of the Week. Running back LeSean McCoy won the “Ground” award following his 31-carry, 184-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Washington Redskins in a Week 1 victory.

The award is also a major benefit to local communities, as FedEx made a $2,000 donation in Foles’ name to the Philadelphia local area office of Junior Achievement, which aims to help U.S. small business development by educating the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own businesses.

By virtue of Saturday’s NFL Divisional Round results at least one Pro Bowl quarterback is going to be in the Super Bowl. That means Foles, as the first alternate, will get the opportunity to take his place. Not bad for someone who wasn’t even a starter in Week 1.

Foles led the league with a 119.2 passer rating, which was the third-highest in NFL history. Foles threw 27 touchdown passes against just two interceptions for the greatest touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history.

He started the last eight games of the season (10 total) and led the Eagles to wins in seven of those contests to help the team earn the NFC East title for the first time since 2010. Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in the win at Oakland on November 3. Foles’ 152.8 passer rating for the month of November was the highest in any calendar month in NFL history.

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Bradham, 26, joins the Philadelphia Eagles jerseys after spending the last four seasons with the Buffalo Bills where he played in 57 games with 38 starts and compiled 242 tackles (154 solo), 3.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. Originally a fourth-round selection of the Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft, Bradham started 11 games as a rookie and totaled 47 tackles in his first campaign.
In 2014, while playing under current Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Bradham started 14 games and racked up a career-high 100 tackles — the second-highest total on the team — while also recording 2.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and seven pass breakups.

With Wentz having gained a full season of experience as a rookie and now coming into Year 2 way ahead of the game from a maturity standpoint and a full comprehension of the scheme, and now that he has some established NFL weapons outside with Jeffery and Smith, it’s fair to expect a big leap up for the offense.

That’s the thinking. That’s the hope. And Pederson feels that way, even as he approaches the next steps with the usual coaching caution.

“I think we’re going to be much improved, but we have to see how it goes,” he said. “We have to stay healthy and the ball has to bounce our way, but, yeah, I’m excited to work with these guys and get them out there and see what we have.”

Free agency has slowed to a trickle, but the Eagles are still likely to add some pieces between now and the draft in late April. Pederson would not get specific on what’s happening next, or who the Eagles might be targeting in the draft, but it’s safe to say the level of optimism is high.