A lot of Eagles fans probably have forgotten by now that a lot of talk leading up to the 2009 Draft was regarding if the Birds would select tight end Brandon Pettigrew if he were available.
At the time, many people were still unsure of what Brent Celek could bring to the table. Also, Pettigrew was known to be very good at blocking, which is still a work in progress for Celek.
We all know by now that the Eagles traded up two spots in the draft and selected Jeremy Maclin instead of Pettigrew (who went to the Detroit Lions with the next pick).
Meanwhile, Celek went on to have a stellar season that should have ended with a Pro Bowl selection.
Sometimes, the front office we love to critique actually knows more than the fans. Like the wide receivers, the position of tight end has become one of strength.
Although injuries gave the position a virtual one-man depth chart, it was still very reliable.
The franchise tag placed on L.J. Smith in 2008 seems like eons ago. The decision not to trade for Tony Gonzalez or Kellen Winslow, Jr. looks like a smart move after all.
Now that Celek has established himself as the starter, his backups need to be more reliable. This will give an already potent offense even more options.