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  Before Antonio Brown's erratic behavior made him a sideshow for social media and catnip for clickbait, his skillset and work ethic made him a case study in how the wide receiver position could be played. Brown was an undersized, sixth-round pick who turned into arguably the game's best all-around receiver. It didn't matter where he lined up, it didn't matter what defense he saw. He was a 100-catch season waiting to happen. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Boston College receiver Zay Flowers watched him closely. Almost exclusively. When Flowers named the receivers he wanted to model himself after, the only one was Brown. "That's basically it," he said. "Nobody else." One of the benefits of the coaching staff assembled by Eagles' first-year coach Jeff Hafley is its wealth of NFL experience. Their relationships make it easy to play six degrees of separation.

Early on, Flowers mentioned to offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti how much he studied Brown. Cignetti, who had NFL runs with the Rams, Giants, and Packers, happened to mention it to former Giants quarterback Geno Smith. Smith happened to be spending the quarantine working out with Brown. Those workouts happened to be in Miami - a relatively short drive for Flowers. Before Flowers knew it, he was running routes with the receiver he'd been dissecting for years. "It's just me Gino and AB working out on a golf course," Flowers said. - Boston Globe

(DS#24 WR) So/2023 WR Zay FlowersBoston College
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