Meet Your Newest 76er, Charles Jenkins

Meet Your Newest 76er, Charles Jenkins

A tradition old as time: The Sixers pulling up at the trade deadline,
making only the crappiest, lowest-leverage deals possible. In the last
five years, the most consequential trade-deadline deal the Sixers made
was sending a second-round pick to Milwaukee for shooting guard Jodie
Meeks (a second-round rookie himself) back in 2009, a trade that at
least netted us a legitimate rotation player (if not a particularly
high-upside one) for the next couple seasons after. We can only hope
that the deal the Sixers made today—sending a second-rounder to Golden
State for combo guard Charles Jenkins—reaches a similar level of impact.



So who is Charles Jenkins? If you're anything but the most die-hard
of NBA or college ball followers, chances are pretty good you've never
heard of the guy. He enjoyed a very successful four-year career at NCAA
powerhouse Hofstra, averaging 22 and 5 his senior year, on impressive
52% shooting—albeit mostly against Colonial Athletic Association
competition. He was taken in the second round with the 44th pick by the
Golden State Warriors, and he got a fair bit of playing time last year
with the team in full-on tank mode, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 dimes a
game in under 18 minutes of action.


Decent numbers, but with the Warriors an actual playoff contender
this year, and the Warriors boasting one of the league's best backcourt
trio's in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack, Jenkins'
numbers sagged considerably this year, down to just 1.7 points and 0.6
assists a game on 42% shooting, in just under seven minutes a game.
Without a real role on the Golden State team and with the Warriors
looking to shed salary to stay under the luxury tax, they deemed Jenkins
expendable and shipped him to the Sixers. (Sam Amick tweets
that the Warriors won't likely ever even see a pick from the Sixers,
though what exactly that means is beyond my level of CBA expertise.)


On this Philly team, it's unclear what role Jenkins will have. He'll
likely push Royal Ivey for some backup guard minutes, but with Jeremy
Pargo signed for the rest of the season, he probably won't play much as
the team's primary backup point. He's more insurance against injuries to
Jrue and Evan, perhaps, but it's hard to see him really making much of
an impact in a fully-healthy Philly backcourt. All that said, my friend
Rich (a native Long Islander and Hofstra supporter) insists he could be a
steal:


Rich:  Jenkins may surpriseif you are expecting him to be awful
he'll be better than thatRich:  for the record, I am not being sarcastic
Andrew, Ads and I were in attendance when he broke the Hofstra scoring recordSpeedy Claxton was sitting courtsideit was star-studded


So there's that, at least. Besides, he's cheap, he's 23, he's got two working legs. Anything can happen.

Really,
as usual, the story isn't what the Sixers did at the trade deadline,
but more of what they didn't do: Namely, that they didn't deal
third-year frustration Evan Turner, who was very possibly being dangled
in front of the Orlando Magic in exchange for their shooting guard JJ
Redick. Ultimately, I'm glad no such deal went down—aside from my
personal attachment to ET, he's still a much higher-upside player than
the consistent shooter Redick, who would be a huge asset on a contending
team (too bad he got traded to the middling Bucks), but who would be
too expensive for a rebuilding team, as the Sixers may be the next year
or so. Still, the front office loves Redick, and if things are looking
good for the Sixers at the beginning of the next off-season—big
if—expect GM Tony DiLeo to make a push for him in free agency.


Anyway, looks like this is our team for the rest of the season. It
sucks, but at least there's still minor hope for the future, and at
least it'll be over before too long. Take solace in the little things.

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

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Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died in Orlando.

Police say the 48-year-old former Seattle Seahawks star was found dead on Tuesday morning.

Orlando Police Department public information officer Wanda Miglio said the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown, but that there is nothing suspicious about his death. An investigation is being conducted.

One of the best defensive lineman of his generation, Kennedy was a star in his 11 seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks. He became the second Seattle player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an unmovable wall as a dominant defensive tackle, and a quiet, gentle soul away from the field never interested in finding himself in the spotlight.

Kennedy was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992.

"Really sad to lose a guy like Cortez Kennedy," Broncos' general manager John Elway tweeted Tuesday. Elway was chased around by Kennedy twice a year for much of the 1990s as competitors in the AFC West. "A great personality, a great player and I enjoyed competing against him."

Even though he last played for the Seahawks in 2000, he remained a significant part of the organization. He was a mainstay around the team during training camp and would occasionally roll through the locker room during the regular season grabbing a few minutes with anyone -- players, coaches, media -- up for a chat.

"My heart hurts," current Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt tweeted. "We lost a truly great player but even better person."

10 observations from Day 1 of Eagles' OTAs

10 observations from Day 1 of Eagles' OTAs

There was finally some football in South Philly on Tuesday as the Eagles kicked off the first round of their OTAs. 

Aside from a few notable absences -- Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters, Donnie Jones -- the Eagles had just about everyone on the field (see story)

Here are 10 observations from Tuesday's practice: 

1. Here's how the first-team offense looked: 
QB: Carson Wentz
RB: LeGarrette Blount
TE: Zach Ertz
OL (left to right): Lane Johnson, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Halapoulivaati Vaitai
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews

2. Here's how the first-team defense looked: 
LDE: Brandon Graham
LDT: Destiny Vaeao
RDT: Tim Jernigan
RDE: Vinny Curry
LBs: Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks
S: Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod
CB: Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson. 

Note: In the nickel package, rookie third-rounder Rasul Douglas came on the field as an outside cornerback and Mills slid into the slot. 

3. Early in the practice, in an offense-only drill, the Eagles were trying to audible into a new play, but there was some confusion with Blount, who didn't seem to know the play. Blount is still obviously learning the playbook, but it shows the respect they have for him that he was working with the ones already. 

4. The play the Eagles wanted to get into during that drill was a good one. Wentz rolled out to his right and found Jeffery streaking across the field. The two seem to be getting on just fine. 

Although later in 11-on-11s, Wentz tossed up an ill-advised pass deep to Jeffery in tight coverage and the ball was picked by McLeod. Jeffery will win a lot of battles, but that one was too much. 

5. Linebacker Joe Walker and cornerback Ron Brooks were on the field on Tuesday but didn't participate in team drills. Walker (ACL) and Brooks (quad tendon) are both recovering from significant injuries. 

6. The Eagles lined up a few times with Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey on the field together. Those few times, Sproles was in the backfield and Pumphrey lined up in the slot. It's early, but we might get to see some creativity from Doug Pederson with these two this year. 

7. Dillon Gordon, whom the Eagles signed as an undrafted rookie last year, did something interesting on Tuesday. The offensive tackle, who played tight end in college, took a few reps at tight end in limited offensive drills. That's intriguing because if he could play the role of an extra tackle during the season, he'd have something Matt Tobin doesn't: the ability to actually become a receiver, not just an eligible one. 

8. Robinson, who is getting run at corner with the first team, won a jump ball with Dorial Green-Beckham on a deep ball. It was an impressive play by Robinson, but DGB mistimed his jump. 

The best defensive play of the day came from Najee Goode in 7-on-7s. The veteran backup linebacker and special teamer dropped back and dove backward to break up a pass off the hand of Nick Foles. 

9. Obviously, there's no hitting yet, but Derek Barnett had a good first day going against the vets. Sure, Lane Johnson completely shut him down on one play, but Barnett showed off a variety of moves. 

10. The Eagles' two rookie receivers worked with the third team on Tuesday, while DGB and Nelson Agholor worked with the twos. Shelton Gibson showed off his quickness and Mack Hollins' size and speed combo wasn't any less impressive. Also, Hollins wasn't wearing gloves, but it didn't seem to affect his ability to catch. 

Stupid observation of the day: Thanks to his afro and thick beard, Seumalo kind of looks like a lion with a mane.