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Are Eagles fans taking Malcolm Jenkins' greatness for granted?

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Are Eagles fans taking Malcolm Jenkins' greatness for granted?

During the offseason of 2014, the Eagles were in need of a safety. There were some quality players at that position hitting the market. The two names that were mentioned most prominently to land in Philadelphia were T.J. Ward and Jairus Byrd. Both players (who each played at Oregon) were very good and coveted by many teams around the league. They were going to get big-time dollars. 

Chip Kelly, the Eagles' coach at the time (remember him?), was at Oregon from 2007 through 2012 as an offensive coordinator and head coach, so he was familiar with both players. Many thought because of that tie, it was a foregone conclusion one of the two would end up in midnight green. But to the organization's and the coach's credit, the Birds had a different plan. So on the same day Ward and Byrd signed free-agent deals with the Broncos and Saints, respectively, the Eagles inked Malcolm Jenkins to a three-year deal.

Byrd would go on to play just 33 games in his three seasons in New Orleans and is now in Carolina after being released by the Saints. Ward played three seasons in Denver and is now a Buccaneer.

Jenkins has been one of, if not the best, free-agent signings in Eagles history. He's played in all 55 games since joining the club. He's tallied eight interceptions, returned four for touchdowns, has 225 tackles and three fumble recoveries. He was a 2015 Pro Bowl selection. And prior to the 2016 season, he signed a five year, $40.5 million extension.

Could someone as accomplished as Jenkins be taken for granted or underrated in Eagles fans' eyes? Our own Reuben Frank touched on this in his 10 Observations after the Redskins game. Perhaps because of his stance on social injustice or raised fist, some fans may either overlook or just not give Jenkins the credit he's deserved for his durability and stellar play on the field. He was dominant Monday vs. the Redskins, registering 10 tackles, a sack and the type of game-altering tackles that kill opponents' drives.

Jenkins was drafted as a cornerback and converted to safety after his rookie year in New Orleans. That experience lends to great flexibility within the Birds' scheme. With the loss of Jordan Hicks for the season, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz may utilize the Birds' "Big Nickel" package, which employs four safeties and two linebackers. Jenkins, in that package, could play in the box or closer to the line of scrimmage and be responsible for coverage of backs or tight ends in the flat. He can also be utilized as a blitzer, as he was in the Washington game.

Jenkins is the gift that keeps giving, both on and off the field.

Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

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Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

We’ve officially reached the only sort of dead period on the NFL calendar. The Eagles are through their spring practices and won’t be back at the NovaCare Complex until July 25 for the start of training camp. 

That sounds far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. 

You guys were great and gave me a ton of questions, so I’ll answer half today and half Sunday. Let’s go: 

I’m tempted to say defensive tackle just for health concerns surrounding Tim Jernigan, but I have to answer linebacker. Jordan Hicks appears to be healthy after tearing his Achilles last year, but as good as he is when healthy, it’s just tough to count on him. Two years ago, he was able to play a full season and things were looking good, but then he suffered another serious injury. If Hicks and Bradham stay healthy, linebackers aren’t a concern. The Eagles will have either Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry or Corey Nelson take the weakside spot on base downs and they’ll be OK. 

But without Mychal Kendricks, it’s fair to be concerned about their depth at the position, especially after veteran pickup Paul Worrilow was already lost for the year. Kendricks came up huge last year as a fill-in; not sure the Eagles have that kind of depth this year. 

Not sure yet. What I can tell you about De’Vante Bausby is that he was impressive this spring and the coaching staff seems to love him. I remain very, very skeptical that he’s good enough to keep Sidney Jones off the field. With that said, I do think he’s talented enough to make the 53-man roster. We’ll get a better sense at camp when the pads go on, but I have him penciled in to make the team. 

Yes on both. The Nate Sudfeld hype is real. In our first extended looks at the young quarterback, he’s been incredibly impressive. It’s starting to make sense why the Eagles snatched him from Washington and then blocked the Colts from signing him last season. They kept him on the 53 in the second half of last year, so they’re completely prepared to keep three QBs on this year’s roster if Foles is still on the team. 

This is going to be the summer of Nate Sudfeld. We’re going to see him play a ton in those preseason games and that will let us know if he’s ready to be QB2 behind Carson Wentz. But the fact that the Eagles didn’t bring in a more experienced veteran after Wentz went down last year pretty much tells you all you need to know about what the Eagles think of him. 

We tried that. Didn’t work out well. We’re up for suggestions. 

You have no idea how out of water this fish is. This is like taking a fish from the ocean and dropping it in Kansas. 

How about Portugal? I’ll go with them because of Ronaldo. 

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018. 

We just don’t know where he’ll land. 

As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins. 

Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes. 

Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?

Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night. 

  • Le'Veon Bell 
  • Tom Brady 
  • Drew Brees 
  • Antonio Brown
  • Aaron Donald 
  • Todd Gurley
  • Julio Jones 
  • Von Miller 
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Carson Wentz

In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get. 

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