What is the best thing a rookie WR could do in a mini camp? Impress all the coaches and become acclimated to the west coast offense quicker than most? That's just what Reggie Brown did over the weekend. It is pretty fair to say that expectations Philly fans have on wide receivers which the Eagles have drafted are pretty low. With the exception of Greg Lewis, there hasn't been much in the past few years besides a mouth and a frohawk.
It has been said over and over that it is almost impossible for a rookie WR to contribute in his first year in the west coast offense, but it seems like rookie Reggie Brown is on a great path. Len Pasquarelli wrote a nice piece for ESPN.com talking about the Eagles' newest ball catcher.
Link: ESPN.com - NFL - Pasquarelli: Grand opening.
"Really, outside of the [media], no one up there talked at all about those two guys not being there," said Brown, who was graded by some teams as a low first-round prospect. "But it's not like you could be totally [oblivious] to the fact they weren't around. Me, I was really looking forward to meeting T.O. and working with him. I wished he had been there, even though it's not up to me to get involved with that stuff. But when he wasn't there, sure, I thought, 'Hey, this could mean more [playing] time for me.' I think it gave me a chance to make an impression on the coaches. And I think I made progress every day."
Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?
Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.
Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.
Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."
If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.
Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.
Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.
"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."
The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag.
“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”