Markelle Fultz passed up open shot after open shot. But he did not lose the crowd. And, in the fourth quarter, he heeded their call.
Since his second NFL season, Jenkins has been capable of quarterbacking a defensive backfield. His intelligence and leadership have never been more valuable to the Eagles.
The second-year guard looked timid and toothless in his season debut. He should have to earn his playing time, like everyone else.
After 21 minutes in the first half and three in the second, Markelle Fultz's starting debut offered little clarity on his eventual role.
The Sixers took the court at TD Garden this morning for a shoot-around. Accompanying them were a number of questions that we will begin to get the answers to tonight.
The Eagles have a quarterback, in Carson Wentz, and a coach, in Doug Pederson, suited for a league that's seeing an explosion of offense.
The Celtics have Hayward and Irving back. The Raptors added Leonard. For the Sixers to take the next step and knock off one of those two teams, they'll need big improvement.
With Jay Ajayi and Mike Williams gone and with Darren Sproles still uncertain, the combustible runner would give Carson Wentz a dangerous weapon.
When Brett Brown talks about the regular season being a testing ground for what the team can become, he's mostly talking about Markelle Fultz.
"This is who we are," says Carson Wentz. "Desperation," says Zach Ertz. "Take ownership," says Doug Pederson.
Jeffery had seven catches, including two for touchdowns, in Thursday's victory over the Giants. "As long as we win," he said, "that's all I care about."
With he Eagles' defensive backfield in flux against the Giants, Rasul Douglas was called on to move to free safety. He answered and stepped up.
Heading into the night, there was little doubt that the Eagles were the best team in the NFC East. By the end of it, there was even less.