Garrett Celek

Garrett Celek

Tight End #88
Team:San Francisco
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 252 lb.
College:Michigan State
Age:31
Born:May 29, 1988
Drafted:2012 / UDFA

Garrett Celek: Recovering from back surgery

Celek underwent back surgery this offseason and will be out for two months, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Head coach Kyle Shannan mentioned two weeks ago that Celek was going to be sidelined for most of the offseason while still in concussion protocol, but it turns out back surgery is the main reason why. Celek will certainly miss training camp, and it's unclear whether the tight end will be ready for the start of the regular season or not.

June 11, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Aiming for training camp

Celek (thumb/concussion) will not be cleared to play before training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Celek ended the season on the sideline with a concussion and head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Tuesday that the tight end is still going through the league's concussion protocol. With Celek out for the next couple of months, Levine Toiolo, who the 49ers signed last week, should get some extra reps at tight end during practices.

May 21, 2019 1:39 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Gets competition during offseason

Celek (concussion, thumb) will have competition at tight end after the 49ers used a sixth-round pick on Kaden Smith and signed Levine Toilolo, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Celek played through a broken thumb for most of last season, catching just five passes on 277 offensive snaps in 15 games. He sat out Week 17 while recovering from a concussion and then had surgery on his thumb during the offseason. Celek may now be in danger of losing his roster spot, but it helps that he's scheduled for a reasonable $2.7 million cap hit in the final season of his four-year contract, per overthecap.com. Celek and Toilolo figure to compete for a blocking role behind George Kittle.

May 15, 2019 6:52 AM EST

Garrett Celek: Recovering from surgery

Celek (concussion) is recovering from thumb surgery but should be ready for the start of the offseason program, Joe Fann of the 49ers' official website reports.

Analysis: Celek sat out Week 17 with a concussion, finishing the regular season with five catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games. He averaged just 18.5 snaps per game on offense as the clear No. 2 tight end behind George Kittle, after averaging 37.9 per game in 2016 and 35.0 in 2017. Celek will turn 31 in May and only has one season remaining on his contract, but a reasonable salary combined with special-teams contributions should be enough to keep his roster spot safe. It doesn't sound like the thumb injury will have much impact on his offseason routine.

January 25, 2019 7:35 AM EST

Garrett Celek: Will sit season finale

Celek (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Celek was able to practice in a limited fashion this week, but was unable to fully clear the concussion protocol. The 30-year-old will head into the offseason having caught five of eight passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games. Sunday will mark the first time Celek has missed a game since 2015.

December 28, 2018 1:54 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Practices in limited fashion

Celek (concussion) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Celek will still have to clear through the league's concussion protocol before he can go full speed. For now, the development is at least encouraging.

December 26, 2018 3:04 PM EST

Garrett Celek: In concussion protocol

Celek (concussion) is in the concussion protocol Monday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.comreports.

Analysis: Celek suffered a head injury during Sunday's 14-9 loss to the Bears, and will need to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol before retaking the field. Due to the nature of such injuries ,and the 49ers being well eliminated from playoff contention, it wouldn't be surprising if Calek were to sit out versus the Rams in Week 17.

December 24, 2018 12:16 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Won't return Sunday

Celek (concussion) will not return to Sunday's game against the Bears, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Celek was unable to clear the league's concussion protocol and will therefore be sidelined for the remainder of Sunday's tilt while George Kittle continues to rack up a healthy share of reps at tight end.

December 23, 2018 2:52 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Being evaluated for concussion

Celek left Sunday's game against the Bears with a head injury and will be evaluated for a concussion, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Celek must clear the league's concussion protocol before potentially returning to the field Sunday. If he's unable to make a return, however, George Kittle would see a majority of the work at tight end with Ross Dwelley providing additional depth.

December 23, 2018 2:11 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Gets into end zone for second time

Celek caught both of his targets, picking up 61 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 26-23 overtime win against the Seahawks.

Analysis: With his second score of the season Sunday against Seattle, the 30-year-old tight end now has multiple receiving touchdowns in four straight seasons (failed to score a TD through the first 32 games of his career). Celek only had six targets all year entering Week 15, so a bountiful fantasy day certainly came as a surprise, with his 41-yard touchdown catch from Nick Mullens serving as a key turning point in the 49ers' upset win. He remains a long shot to put forth another startable output in Week 16, with George Kittle retaining over 92 percent of the tight end targets this year for San Francisco, and a prohibitive matchup against the Bears top-10 pass defense forthcoming.

December 16, 2018 6:30 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Catchless in loss

Celek was unable to convert his only target into a catch during Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Celek has not caught a pass since Week 3 and has been targeted just twice during that span. Don't expect things to get much better. Celek is playing with a backup quarterback in a passing game that is running through fellow tight end George Kittle. If the sparse opportunities weren't enough, Sunday's matchup against a surprisingly stingy Arizona pass defense should further push down Celek's value.

October 23, 2018 9:23 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Full participant Friday

Celek (quadriceps) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is on pace to be available for Monday night's matchup against the Packers, Matt Maiocco of NBCSports.com reports.

Analysis: Celek has gone without a catch for two consecutive weeks, but he could see an expanded role Monday if fellow tight end George Kittle suffers any sort of setback to his injured knee.

October 12, 2018 5:00 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Suffers quad injury

Celek left Sunday's contest against the Cardinals with a quadriceps injury, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.

Analysis: Celek suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and did not return. The veteran tight end didn't record a catch for the second consecutive game. Cole Wick would slide up to second on the depth chart if Celek is unable to go next week against the Packers.

October 8, 2018 4:57 AM EST

Garrett Celek: Costly drop in loss

Celek did not record a reception in Sunday's loss to San Diego.

Analysis: Celek's lone target hit him in the hands and ricocheted towards a nearby defender for an interception. The veteran tight end wasn't targeted again following the ugly drop. Celek's teammate George Kittle shined (125 yards and a touchdown), solidifying his role as the team's primary tight end.

October 1, 2018 5:54 AM EST

Garrett Celek: Targeted once

Celek caught his lone target for a gain of seven yards during Sunday's 38-27 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Celek has now caught all three of his targets this season. It was tough enough to be a factor as a backup tight end behind the emerging George Kittle, but the loss of Jimmy Garoppolo (ACL) changes the entire complexion of San Francisco's offense. If Celek was only averaging a catch per game with Garoppolo at quarterback, he doesn't figure to fare better with C.J. Beathard despite a favorable matchup against a bottom-10 Chargers pass defense on Sunday.

September 25, 2018 8:21 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Hauls in touchdown

Celek caught both of his targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Celek received half of the targets starter George Kittle received, but the former was the tight end to hit paydirt Week 2. The veteran wasn't targeted last week with the 49ers playing from behind and using fewer two-tight end sets. A similar situation could arise next week when San Francisco takes on the Chiefs high-flying offense.

September 17, 2018 12:18 AM EST

Garrett Celek: Not targeted Sunday

Celek did not receive a target in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: With George Kittle (shoulder) cleared to start, Celek was pushed back into a backup/blocking role. The 30-year-old proved to be a capable starter at times last season, and he could poach some redzone targets from Kittle, but the latter is clearly the tight end to own in San Francisco.

September 10, 2018 1:52 AM EST

Garrett Celek: Logs one catch in preseason loss

Celek secured his only target for eight yards in the 49ers' 16-13 preseason loss to the Texans on Saturday.

Analysis: Drawing the start in place of George Kittle (shoulder), Celek logged his one catch on the 49ers' first play from scrimmage. The 30-year-old journeyman is certainly serviceable in the stopgap role that he's currently serving in with Kittle sidelined, but his ideal slotting is that of a complementary option to a front-line starter. As such, Celek's fantasy value is decidedly modest and limited to the deepest of formats at present, although any downgrade to Kittle's status would change that outlook to an extent. Celek figures to draw the start once again and see extended time during next Saturday's night's "dress rehearsal" game against the Colts.

August 18, 2018 8:43 PM EST

Garrett Celek: Will start next week

Celek will take over as the 49ers' primary tight end following the announcement that George Kittle (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the preseason.

Analysis: Kittle suffered a separated shoulder in Thursday's preseason opener, but head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn't expect the injury to affect the tight end's status for the start of the regular season. Celek will take over as starter for the rest of the preseason, and he will assume a backup role Week 1 if Kittle returns on schedule. The 28-year-old scored a career high four touchdowns while splitting starting duties with his rookie counterpart last year, and he should still garner some red-zone looks in an offensive system that utilizes two tight ends regularly.

August 11, 2018 5:45 AM EST

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