Empire Focal Point – Adjei & Mitchell


Natey Adjei

#3, National Wide Receiver

5’11”, 193 lbs, 28 years old

Toronto, ON

 

The Edmonton Eskimos signed National Wide Receiver Natey Adjei as a free agent on July 4, 2016 and extended his contract on February 10, 2017.

Prior to his life in the CFL, Adjei graduated from St. Joseph Catholic Secondary school in Mississauga, ON then spread his college wings, beginning at City College of San Francisco (from 2010 to 2011) where he won the Northern California Championship in 2010 and was a finalist in 2011, then transferring to the University of Buffalo (NCAA). With the Bulls, Adjei played two seasons (2012-13) dressing in nine total games.

In 2013, Adjei was selected in the CFL Draft by the Toronto Argonauts. He played out his eligibility at the University of Buffalo. During the 2015 & 16 season, played 38 games with the Argos. Adjei recorded a total of: 14 receptions (124 yards), one touchdown, two tackles with one special teams tackle. Adjei’s first career CFL touchdown came on July 24, 2015 against BC on a five-yard reception.

Adjei entered into training camp with the Eskimos in 2016, and was signed to the practice roster in Week 3. Week 5 saw Adjei activated onto the roster and played in 11 games (one start), recording 6 receptions (53 yards) along with 5 special teams tackles. He went back onto the practice roster in Week 8 and was activated once again in Week 12. In the Eastern Semi-Final against Hamilton, Adjei recorded 2 special teams tackles and in the Eastern Final against Ottawa, recorded 3 special teams tackles.

2017 saw Adjei start in 18 games where he led the team with 15 special teams tackles and 1 fumble recovery. He appeared in both the West Semi-Final vs. Winnipeg and West Final vs. Calgary.

So far in 2018, Adjei has started all 8 games and has 12 catches (123 yards) and 1 touchdown. He also has 9 total tackles.

Now for the fun stuff!

Did you know, Adjei is a massive sports nerd & encyclopedia? Well, he is. Born and bred into sports, he spent his childhood in front of TSN rather than cartoons which gives reasons why he could probably tell you where any athlete went to college. Seriously. So, if you ever find yourself battling through a sports trivia competition, be sure to have him on speed dial, at the very least. A love for sport stretches beyond football. If he wasn’t a star on the football field, Adjei would be batting for the likes of the MLB. He has a love for baseball and has no problem sitting for all 9 innings day after day. Yep, that’s love alright.

Although Adjei was born in Toronto, he lived in Ghana for 5 years (from 2 to 7 years of age) with his grandparents and extended family. But still, you could find him playing a sport: football. No, not that football, the other football (aka Soccer). You will find him keeping his skills up to date during pre- game warm ups: “I bring my soccer ball out for pre-game and do keep ups; it reminds me of where I’m from.” Talent and humility? What luck we have to scope up guys like Natey.

Speaking of Natey, let’s talk pronunciation, shall we. Natey Kofi Adjei:

Natey (NAH-tay), meaning: first born boy.

Kofi (his middle name), meaning: born on a Friday.

Adjei (AH-jay), meaning: whelp, not much there; no meaning but a common Ghanaian last name.

Next time you see him, try out the correct pronunciations ?

 


 

Bryant “Batman” Mitchell

#80, International Wide Receiver

6’2″, 198 lbs, 26 years old

San Diego, CA

 

The Edmonton Eskimos signed International Wide Receiver Bryant Mitchell as a free agent on April 29, 2015 and again on May 30, 2016.

In two seasons at Northwestern State (2013-14), Mitchell recorded 53 receptions for 564 yards with five touchdowns in 21 career games. Prior to Northwest State, he played football and ran track at Southwestern College.

In 2015, Mitchell caught 5 passes (45 yards) and rushed twice for 17 yards in two pre-season games. In 2016, he began the season on the Eskimos practice roster but was activated in Week 20 and in one game (one start), recorded five receptions for 69 yards.

The 2017 saw Mitchell in seven games with six starts. He finished with 32 receptions (482 yards) and 3 touchdowns, with 2 rushing attempts for 30 yards.

2018 hasn’t been a prime start for Mitchell as he entered the season on the injured list. However, he has appeared in three games and has caught 2 passes for 18 yards thus far. Mitchell was a healthy scratch in Week 9.

Derek Taylor (DT on Twitter) named Bryant Mitchell was named the break out player of the year. As tonight’s game against the Alouettes, Mitchell is a starter in the Slot Back position. Although there is a lot of ground to make in proving this statement true, if you know anything about this receiver, you know it is a complete possibility. This kid can PLAY football. Keep your eyes peeled for #80.

If you don’t know the name Bryant Mitchell that’s okay. After all, it’s only an alias; y’all thought Bruce Wayne was the Batman but I am here to shake up your entire belief system. The real Batman is none other than # 80 himself. If any nerds are looking for therapy after that bombshell revelation, Harleen Quinzel will see you now.

Mitchell 3 gorgeous young sons including twins. They recently added a new member to their family; a cute little girl name Bat Girl… not worry, she’s a puppy.

 

Smoke still in the air but

GAME ON.

See you at Commonwealth in Edmonton at 7 pm MT as the Eskimos take on the Alouettes. This game is a bit of a redemption game as the Eskimos are still licking their wounds from the game last week against the BC Lions. An angry Eskimo team is something to be fearful of; so LET’S GO, ESKIMOS!!

 

Sources:

https://www.esks.com/players/natey-adjei/159731/

Fun Facts provided by: Natey Adjei

https://www.esks.com/players/bryant-mitchell/161403/

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