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James Casey won’t “try to cause problems” after playing two snaps

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When the Eagles signed tight end James Casey as a free agent this offseason, coach Chip Kelly praised Casey’s versatility and pointed to the way the Patriots used to use Aaron Hernandez as an example of how a team could make use of such a versatile player.

Fast forward to Monday night and Casey was not part of the team’s offense until the game was over. The only two snaps he played on offense came in the victory formation at the end of the game as the Eagles ran out the clock, which was hardly what anyone envisioned when Casey was signed to a three-year, $12 million contract.

Casey admits he’s not happy to be on the sideline, but said he understood that second-round pick Zach Ertz’s arrival changed things and that he wouldn’t make any waves while playing on special teams and biding his time until he gets a chance on offense.

“I don’t need them coming, babysitting me and telling me, ‘Hey, it’s OK, it’s fine.’ I’m a grown man,” Casey said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “I understand the situation. I’m not gonna get mad about it or try to cause problems. It’s just part of what’s going on right now. The main thing is we won the game.”

Coach Chip Kelly said that the team spent most of the night playing just one tight end, limiting Casey’s opportunity to get on the field, but said he thought different weeks would bring different looks on offense. Until those weeks roll around, it looks like Casey’s going to be a well paid third tight end.

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27 Responses to “James Casey won’t “try to cause problems” after playing two snaps”
  1. rickastleydancemoves says: Sep 11, 2013 9:19 AM

    As a Texans fan, Casey was a guy that worked hard and kept his mouth shut. He knew Owen Daniels was the starter and never complained. I don’t blame him if he becomes disgruntled in Philly when when you let a mediocre tight end in Celek and an unproven second rounder get way more snaps, and you were brought in under the false pretenses that you could possibly be the starter.

  2. gumbogumbo says: Sep 11, 2013 9:23 AM

    Casey will get his chance it’s just a matter of time. He’s a hard worker with a good attitude. If/when teams learn to stop our 11 personnel then Casey will have his time to shine.

  3. habsfanatic says: Sep 11, 2013 9:25 AM

    I wouldn’t worry if I were him, Philly scored so many points in the first half that they stopped passing in the second and only ran the ball. I also agree with the analysts that said that Kelly probably didn’t want to reveal new parts of his offense during the second half when they were up by so much. I think the coaches will be smart enough to get Casey more involved as the season progresses.

  4. bradblah says: Sep 11, 2013 9:31 AM

    when that ‘mediocre tight end’ and ‘unproven second rounder’ far outperform you in camp, you’re only going to get victory formation snaps.

    casey couldn’t stay on the field in camp and when he did, he did nothing to stand out among the TEs.

  5. ccjcsr says: Sep 11, 2013 9:40 AM

    Overhyped Franchise, Overhyped players, Overhyped Coach.

    #whocares
    #CowboyNation

  6. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Sep 11, 2013 9:43 AM

    rickastleydancemoves says:
    Sep 11, 2013 9:19 AM
    As a Texans fan, Casey was a guy that worked hard and kept his mouth shut. He knew Owen Daniels was the starter and never complained. I don’t blame him if he becomes disgruntled in Philly when when you let a mediocre tight end in Celek and an unproven second rounder get way more snaps, and you were brought in under the false pretenses that you could possibly be the starter.

    ————————————————–

    Celek a mediocre tight end? Granted he is no Gronkowski, Gonzalez or Gates but he is no slouch either. Check his stats and compare to the best TE’s in the league over the last 5 years and you’ll see you are talking out of your ass.

    Also, maybe if Casey didn’t have a hamstring injury during training camp he would be further along then he is right now. I’m not blaming him, just a fact of football.

  7. mrbigass says: Sep 11, 2013 9:49 AM

    Always thought Casey was underused in Houston. Hard worker that caught anything thrown at him.

  8. dallassux says: Sep 11, 2013 9:49 AM

    ccjcsr says:
    Sep 11, 2013 9:40 AM
    Overhyped Franchise, Overhyped players, Overhyped Coach.

    #whocares
    #CowboyNation

    —————————————————————————–

    Wow! Says the cowboys fan? Hahahahaha!

    #hashtagsarentcool

  9. dgreenfi says: Sep 11, 2013 9:51 AM

    Good idea… be patient. Both he and Demaris Johnson will get their chance to play more of a role. I’m sure part of it was the lack of 2nd half productivity.

  10. ninjapleazee says: Sep 11, 2013 9:54 AM

    lol apparently the overhyped franchise already gave Jerry Jones a woody

  11. steves11 says: Sep 11, 2013 10:00 AM

    The way that Ertz is dropping passes, Casey may get his chance to play sooner, rather than later.

  12. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Sep 11, 2013 10:03 AM

    Cowboys fans should definitely stop talking trash. Your defense forced 6 turn overs and you still almost lost. Your safeties look even worse then ours! Your o-line was shaky at best. Your DC has spent the last 4 years as Chip Kelly’s whipping boy in college and to top it off your owner/GM seems to have a semi for Chip.

    Oh no, watch out for that Tampa 2! The zone is gonna get ya!

  13. officialgame says: Sep 11, 2013 10:07 AM

    The article fails to mention that Casey had to get his knee scoped this past spring and fell behind learning a new offense. That might have a little to do with his playing time. He’s a good player and at some point he will contribute.

  14. jpash42 says: Sep 11, 2013 10:16 AM

    If any franchise is over hyped its the Dallas Cowgirls!! How many playoff wins in the last decade??? Just goes to show the Cowgirl fans are as dumb as the Steeler fans.

  15. tinbender2000 says: Sep 11, 2013 10:19 AM

    @ccjcsr Damn. Talk about takes one to know one. But I’ve got to admit, when it comes to GM’s….. oh wait

  16. huhsj says: Sep 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    Celek’s numbers are similar to Brandon Pettigew’s. That is mediocre to me. Pettigrew is a good blocker though so that helps his cause a little. Not sure how good a blocker Celek is.

  17. razzmatazzcomics says: Sep 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    I will enjoy the smackdown the Eagles put on Andy Reid in Week 3. Who else here made money by betting the Eagles straight up, no points? OH YEAH !!

  18. zam0854 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Cowboys fans will be in a mess soon when the injuries start kicking in.

    The Glass Cast
    Murray’s time will soon come
    Romo breaks his ribs
    Dez and Austin go down with hamstring injuries.

  19. brento1499 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    until the kid learns to block hes gonna be keeping the bench warm

  20. s0merand0mguy says: Sep 11, 2013 11:25 AM

    @rickastleydancemoves I don’t blame him if he becomes disgruntled in Philly when when you let a mediocre tight end in Celek

    LOL… Do you even watch football? Seriousluy… Do you even know what you just said? Brent Celek is one of the better tight ends in the NFL. It takes 2-3 guys to bring him down, his hands are glue, and he’s just flat out a beast. You don’t watch the Eagles thats very apparent… So why be a troll and comment on something you know nothing about? It boggles the mind….

  21. romoscollarbone says: Sep 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    Much respect to James Casey. I watched the piece about his losing what little he did have in a fire, along with his mother. I don’t think not playing in the 1st game is enough to get him off track.

    The kid has heart, and had his knee scoped in the off season putting him behind the 8 ball. That being said Ertz didn’t come the team til mid-June because of that archane graduating class NCAA rule. Anyway, if the iggles don’t want him, send him right to Dallas, I’ll show Andre Smith the door.

  22. tombradyswig says: Sep 11, 2013 11:32 AM

    rickastleydancemoves says: Sep 11, 2013 9:19 AM

    …a mediocre tight end in Celek

    You DO NOT know Philly football!! Celek is a BEAST, has been since Donovans days!

  23. fortphiladamsterdam says: Sep 11, 2013 11:51 AM

    Rick Astley has no idea what he’s talking about. Casey was never brought in to be the starter. Celek is not mediocre, he’s pretty damn good, but not elite at all. Casey will have the lead in some packages, and be on the bench for others. And everything between. He’s not disgruntled, read is actual comment, he’s saying he doesn’t care. And why would he care, he’s getting $4 million this year…

  24. mail2bency says: Sep 11, 2013 12:50 PM

    Guys, leave that Texans fan alone. For crying out loud- he’s a Texans fan- just think for a second how depressing that must be. Let’s not fuel the fire and have him do something to himself that he may later regret.

  25. tombradyswig says: Sep 11, 2013 1:13 PM

    mail2bency says: some funny stuff!!
    LOL brother!

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    Brent Celek spent the last two years playing as an assistant tackle.

    Our offensive line struggled so bad, 80% of the time he was in the game he was blocking .

    Celek is one hell of a receiving TE and he can block down field very well..

  27. icdogg says: Sep 11, 2013 8:36 PM

    Being asked to help block most of the time for QBs who hold onto the ball too long, for a couple of years, has taken its toll on the hands of a good receiving TE in Celek, who has done all he was asked without a complaint as well.

    I think in order to play Casey more, they would have to use the slot receiver Avant less. And Avant may not be a spectacular player, he’s not either very big nor very fast, but he’s sure-handed and runs precise routes and works well in traffic.

    But it could be a matchup thjing as well. There may be teams where you want to go heavier more, in order to wear them down.

    Ertz is another guy who is going to struggle to get a lot of touches, especially if he drops passes that he shouldn’t.

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