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Celek Overlooked By ESPN Panel

ESPN unveiled its list of the Top 10 tight ends in the league and not only did Celek not make the list; he didn't receive a vote from the eight panelists. Two of the other tight ends in the NFC East made the list as Dallas' Jason Witten edged San Diego's Antonio Gates to win the vote while Washington's Chris Cooley came in fifth.

In 2009, Celek was a Pro Bowl alternate after hauling in 76 catches for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. Among tight ends, Celek was seventh in receptions, and fourth in yards and touchdowns in 2009. Each of those numbers ranked second all-time for a single season in Eagles' history. The 6-4, 255-pound Celek also became the first Eagles tight end to have back-to-back 100-yard games since Pete Retzlaff in 1965.

The former fifth-round pick in 2007 has 161 career catches for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns in 64 games. Last season, Celek was asked to block more to help protect quarterbacks Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb and because of that he only had 42 catches for 511 yards and four touchdowns.

Celek also holds the Eagles' postseason record with 10 catches in a single game, which was against Arizona in the 2008 NFC Championship. That postseason gave a glimpse of what was in store as Celek had 19 catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns in the three playoff games that year.

After Witten and Gates on the ESPN list were Indianapolis' Dallas Clark and San Francisco's Vernon Davis. From six to 10 were: Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez, Tampa Bay's Kellen Winslow, Jacksonville's Marcedes Lewis, Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew and Green Bay's Jermichael Finley.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:45 p.m., March 29

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