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Celek Re-Emerges In Offense

LANDOVER, MD -- After catching just 9 passes in the first five games, tight end Brent Celek became a primary target for Michael Vick and the Eagles passing game, a welcome sight for those yearning to see the Celek who caught 76 passes in the 2009 season.

Celek was targeted 9 times by Vick and caught 4 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. The score was a thing of beauty -- a middle screen on a third-and-goal situation -- and it got the Eagles off to the lead they needed in the hostile FedEx Field.

"That was a perfect call in a perfect situation," said Celek. "They were showing 'zero' blitz (no defensive backs in the middle of the field) and then (LaRon) Landry (safety), who I thought was going to have me man to man, ran out (away from coverage). I shoved my guy and Todd (Herremans, left tackle) made a nice block and I didn't even get touched.

"It was the perfect play called."

It was a play that has been called a handful of times over Celek's time here and it was perfect in every respect. So was the use of Celek, who took advantage of the times the Redskins came on the blitz. Vick got rid of the ball quickly and Celek was there as a safety net and a big-play maker to help pull off the critical victory.

"This is huge, especially after losing four straights. That's something I've never been a part of here," said Celek. "We stuck together and came in here and got an important win."

Celek made a spectacular, juggling catch for 21 yards across the middle and had his fingers on another pass or two that could have been big plays, so perhaps the Eagles will integrate him more into the offense.

Then again, maybe Celek will be a distant option in the galaxy of pass-cathing stars here.

"It doesn't matter to me at all," said Celek. "I just want to win. I think that's the way everyone in this locker room feels."

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