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Sixers Season Review: Robert Covington

Kevin Kinkead - May 23, 2018

This is part six of a season-ending series looking back at each player’s 2017-2018 campaign.

Part one – Jerryd Bayless

Part two – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

Part three – Justin Anderson

Part four – Richaun Holmes

Part five – Amir Johnson


Robert Covington had a bad Boston series.

The Sixers’ streaky swing man shot 27% over the course of five games, going 0-6 in game one, 0-8 in game three, and 1-7 in game four. A 22 point, 8-15 game two effort was the outlier in an otherwise disappointing offensive performance from a guy who showed similar inconsistency all season long. He was the odd man out when T.J. McConnell was inserted into the starting lineup, coming off the bench to play just 19 and 21 minutes in the final two games of the series.

Covington recently had surgery to repair the middle finger in his guide hand, but didn’t seem to be affected by the extensor tendon issue, at least not outwardly. He brought it up but didn’t make a big deal of it when asked about lingering issues during his exit interview, so it’s hard to know how much discomfort he really felt while shooting the ball. Covington had some recurring back tightness beginning in mid-December but only missed two games, starting 80 times and averaging 31.6 minutes.

A look at the raw season-to-season totals shows that his field goal and three-point percentages were up from last year. 41.3% from the field was his best mark as a Sixer and a 36.9 three-point number was his second best, much better than 2016-17 but down slightly from his first year in town:

All of that looks pretty good on paper.

It was the peaks and valleys on the offensive end of the floor and the low-IQ plays that popped up every so often that would drag down Covington’s game, whether it was a bad turnover or questionable shot choice. Cov wasn’t great in finishing at the rim this year and didn’t create many shots for himself, operating mostly as a stationary “3 and D” guy. To his credit, he spoke to those weaknesses specifically, telling reporters two weeks ago that he’s going to spend the summer focusing on “ball handling, quickness, explosion, and finishing at the rim.”

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The Celtics Reportedly Met With Donte DiVincenzo

Kevin Kinkead - May 23, 2018

From Adam Zagoria at the New York Times:

Hmmm, well DiVincenzo might not even be available at 27. The Villanova star, who was originally just testing the NBA waters, could instead hire an agent and enter the draft. He had an excellent combine and is now viewed as a late first round pick, mocked as high as 18 by CBS Sports (Spurs) and 20 by Sports Illustrated (Wolves). I’ve seen other mocks that have him going 30th (Hawks), 29th (Nets), and 21st (Utah).

He’ll have until May 30th to decide whether he’s in or out, but if he projects to go in the first round, I can’t imagine a Villanova return.

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The NFL is Changing Kickoff Rules, Again

Kevin Kinkead - May 23, 2018

I imagine the kickoff might go away entirely in the near future, but in the meantime owners are giving temporary approval to new changes that are supposed to make the play safer. Concussions are five times more likely to happen on kickoffs than any other NFL play, according to data compiled by the league. 

The following rules will be in place for the 2018 season and will be reevaluated at the end of the year when a new batch of injury data comes out:

  • no more running starts for the kicking team
  • eight return team players must line up within 15 yards of the ball (called the “setup zone”)
  • no blocking inside the “setup zone” until the ball touches the ground or is caught
  • two-man wedge blocks are no longer allowed
  • kickoff team must have five men on each side of the ball and spread out at specific intervals (to prevent overloads and get free runners downfield)

If any of that sounds confusing, the league put together a graphic explaining everything:

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Phillies Select Fan from Cherry Hill as Batting Practice Pitcher

Coggin Toboggan - May 22, 2018

At the start of the season, the Phillies put out an interesting call on their social media platforms, asking for YouTube-submitted applications from left-handed fans who were interested in tossing batting practice during home games this season.

The Phillies found their man and he’s starting his job tonight, according to Bonnie Clark, vice president of communications with the team.

Shawn Senior, a resident of Cherry Hill, will toss left-handed batting practice before tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves and will be on hand this season to throw before every home game.

The Phillies had over 400 applicants for the position and narrowed it down to seven finalists, Clark confirmed, before selecting Senior.

Senior has professional baseball experience, as he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1993 and played for four seasons in their minor league system.

Over four seasons he won 38 games, lost 33, and had a 3.99 ERA, according to The Baseball Cube.

You can buy his minor league card for $1 on Amazon as we speak.

Brian Dawkins Stepping Down from Full-Time Eagles Role

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2018

B Dawk spent the last two years working with the Birds as a football operations executive. Effective immediately, I guess, he’s stepping down to become a team consultant instead while pursuing other endeavors.

Per press release, a statement from Dawkins:

“I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Don Smolenski and Coach Pederson for blessing me with the opportunity to return to this great organization. This is a special time in Philadelphia Eagles history and I am grateful to have been a part of the team’s first Super Bowl Championship – something I wanted to help bring to this great city, one way or another. I will always cherish the relationships I have within the building and it was a privilege to work side-by-side with so many great people. I have put a lot of time in prayer into this decision, and after talking it over with my family and listening to the Lord, I am being called in a different direction as I take the next step in my life and career. Although I am leaving my full-time role in football operations, I will always be a part of the Eagles family and the Philadelphia community. I look forward to continuing to work with the organization as a consultant while I also pursue other endeavors that are extremely important to me and my family’s purpose to inspire hope and increase the minds, bodies and souls of so many to come.”

Dawk played 13 seasons for the Eagles and will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this summer. He hit like a truck and was a PHILLY TOUGH fan favorite.

Here’s a statement from the Birds:

“Brian Dawkins will always be a Philadelphia Eagle. We greatly appreciate all of Brian’s contributions to our football operations department over the last two seasons and we are excited that he will continue to help us going forward. As an NFL Hall of Famer and a Philadelphia Eagles legend, Brian is able to provide valuable perspective and draw on his extensive experience in the NFL while working in our front office. Our doors will always be open to him and we will support him in anything he does – both professionally and personally – as he continues his post-playing career.”

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Report: Eagles Releasing Mychal Kendricks, Paul Worrilow Tears ACL

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2018

Mychal Kendricks wasn’t at OTAs this afternoon.

And if you don’t now, now you know:

Kendricks was due to make $5.8 million this year. He carries a dead cap hit of $3.2 million. However, if he’s designated as a post-June 1st cut, I believe the Birds save $6 million in cap space and only endure $1.6 million in dead cap.

He was the Eagles’ second leading tackler last season behind Nigel Bradham and added 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss.

Corey Nelson took first team reps at Kendricks’ WILL position today.

And Paul Worrilow was carted off the field with what apparently looks to be a serious knee injury:

With Worrilow and Kendricks out, the rest of the linebacker corps is Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry, and Joe Walker. The good thing is that it’s only May 22nd.

Update: torn ACL for Worrilow –

Yeesh.

Update 2: it’s official –

White House Visit: Brandon Graham Outs Angry Eagles Fan

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2018

I don’t have to tell you that the Philadelphia Eagles’ June 5th White House visit is a polarizing topic.

Some fans think the team should go, others don’t, and a third portion doesn’t care one way or another, seeing the pending trip to Washington as an individual choice.

On Instagram today, Brandon Graham published a letter he received from an Eagles fan who was extremely pissed off at the defensive end and his “asshole” teammates.

Here’s the letter in its entirety:

“You have my complete and utter contempt.” 

sincerely,

<redacted>

For what it’s worth, Doug Pederson spoke about the visit today and said the decision to go or not to go will be left to each player individually.

Carson Wentz Looks Pretty Good…

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2018

The Birds are practicing indoors today.

Biggest takeaway from the start of OTAs? It’s gotta be Carson Wentz, who is doing a lot of drills:

Nice.

Lemme get out the eye emoji:

More Carson:

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