Brent Celek TE PHI 4 Months

Celek (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Celek will be close to full strength against Houston's 28th-ranked pass defense. The Texans have surrendered touchdowns to opposing tight ends in two of their past three games.

Brent Celek TE PHI 4 Months

Celek (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Celek was limited Thursday after not being listed on the injury report at all the day before, but it appears whatever is ailing him will not prevent him from taking the field in Week 9.

Brent Celek TE PHI 4 Months

Celek (back) was limited in practice Thursday.

Celek has been targeted in all seven of the Eagles' games this season, but on three occasions, he failed to reel in a pass. The past three contests have been more productive, though, with nine catches (on 12 targets) for 68 yards. In essence, the torch has been passed to second-year tight end Zach Ertz, bringing an end to Celek's relevance in the vast majority of leagues.

Brent Celek TE PHI 6 Months

Celek caught three passes for 15 yards against Jacksonville in Week 1.

Celek reeled in those three passes on four targets. While his value as a blocker and quiet adeptness as an all-around tight end might keep Celek technically atop the depth chart at tight end, Zach Ertz predictably played the lead role as the pass-catching tight end Sunday, totaling 77 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. Ertz's target count of five seems low for a player of his talent level, so it's possible that his target rate will increase going forward, and that would be at least partially at the expense of Celek's target count. Celek might struggle to match last year's totals of 502 yards and six touchdowns.

Brent Celek TE PHI 6 Months

Celek caught two passes for 41 yards on three targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.

While Zach Ertz has the much higher ceiling in fantasy terms, Celek has shown this preseason that he's still a viable threat in the passing game, in addition to being an excellent blocker. After going without a reception during his brief appearance in the preseason opener, Celek has hauled in four-of-six targets for 86 yards over the last two exhibition games. Both he and Ertz have been major parts of the offense.

Brent Celek TE PHI 7 Months

Celek was targeted once in Friday's preseason opener against the Bears.

Zach Ertz caught four passes for 60 yards, but nearly all of that damage came with the second-team offense. Celek, who strictly played with the first-team and is locked in as a starter, is unlikely to match Ertz's production in the passing game this season. Look for the Eagles to use more "two-tight end" sets, although Ertz will often be lined up in the slot or out wide, rather than tight to the formation. Celek's fantasy value and targets may be headed in the wrong direction, but he's still a strong blocker and capable receiver, a skill set that makes him highly valuable to the Eagles.

Brent Celek TE PHI Oct 17 '79

Brent Celek may have to accept a contract restructure to stay with the Eagles.

Celek was a valuable blocker in the Chip Kelly offense this season, consistently excelling in his prescribed role and operating as a true team leader. But he's owed $4 million in 2014, a high number for a guy that caught just 32 passes and set a six-year low in targets with 50. Blocking tight ends don't get that kind of coin. Trent Cole and Jason Avant are also candidates for restructure.

Brent Celek TE PHI Oct 16 '79

Brent Celek caught two passes for 16 yards in Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Saints.

Celek was a coach's favorite and continued to play just about every snap in his seventh season with the Eagles, but his role changed dramatically under new coach Chip Kelly. The plodder was mostly a blocker as he saw just 50 targets, a low-water mark since he got 38 in 2008. It makes sense, as Zach Ertz was drafted to be the pass-catching tight end. With Ertz figuring to take a big leap in year two, Celek's role will be reduced even further in 2014. He won't be a fantasy option.

Brent Celek TE PHI Oct 10 '79

Brent Celek had three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Cowboys.

Celek caught a 35-yard pass and scored from 14 yards out on consecutive plays at the end of the first half. He tied Jason Avant for a team-high five times in the passing game. Celek finishes with 32 receptions, 502 yards, and six touchdowns in his first season in coach Chip Kelly's offense. He'll continue to be used in a committee with Zach Ertz in Saturday's Wild Card game against the Saints.

Brent Celek TE PHI Oct 03 '79

Brent Celek caught three passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 16 win over the Bears.