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Malcolm Jenkins talks which Eagles teammates he'll miss most in 2020

Malcolm Jenkins talks which Eagles teammates he'll miss most in 2020

Former Eagles safety and franchise legend Malcolm Jenkins is no longer a wearer of midnight green, but it's clear he still has lots of love for his guys here in Philly.

Jenkins recently participated in an Instagram Live Q&A session with fashion channel Style Sold Separately to talk about his fashion life - and also his football life.

At one point, an intriguing question was proposed: Which Eagles teammate will Jenkins miss the most, out of everyone he played with during his time in Philadelphia?

Unsurprisingly, Jenkins gave a fantastic answer that has us all the way in our feelings:

It's a lot of guys. I'd obviously point to Rodney [McLeod], who's been kind of like the little brother who pushes you to be great, because he's always trying to compete with you. But at the same time, when it comes to me as a leader, I know I've gotta be on my s**t because he's on his. Guys like him, who push me to be better. 

"I'll miss Zach Ertz, who's somebody that I battled with every single day to hone my craft. 

"But then it's like the personalities you'll miss. Brandon Graham - I don't know if you watched the 'All Or Nothing' - the dude didn't stop talking the entire season of the show. That's how he is, every single day. He's got energy, jokes around, he's smiling, and it's like - he don't even allow you to have a bad day. So people like that who you always want to have around. 

"My DB coach who's now the D coordinator for the Lions, Cory Undlin, a guy who, I'll go to war for him any day. There are very few coaches in this league that are great teachers. They're good coaches, but not a lot of them are great teachers. But then also, rarely do you find a coach who truly, honestly runs his room like it's a family, cares about the men above the business, and he's one of them. It's been a pleasure for me to play with him for the last four or five years. 

"So those are some guys, but you'll miss the whole locker room, man. Jalen Mills is another guy, for me, that's like my protege that, you know, I'm expecting big things out of him this year.

Malcolm, you're not making it any easier for Eagles fans to accept the fact that you're playing for the Saints this year.

I knew McLeod would be included, since the two seemed to be very close during their time as teammates. Ertz is a cool answer, considering the battles they likely shared during practices.

Graham makes sense, since everyone who's spent any amount of time in the Eagles' locker room knows just how fun the veteran is to be around. And the Mills answer makes sense, too, considering the interaction they shared as Jenkins left Philly.

Jenkins' answer about Undlin, however, definitely surprised me. Not that he would choose to mention a coach, or that he would choose a positional coach, but just how in-depth Jenkins went with this answer. It's clear that Undlin had the ear and the respect of the Eagles' defensive leader, which should make Lions fans feel pretty good.

Undlin often caught heat from Eagles fans during his time in Philly for the team's brutal inability to defend against big plays in the secondary, but at least it seems he was always on the players' side, which is pretty cool.

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Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

The Eagles are bringing back wide receiver Marcus Green, who spent last season on their practice squad, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

Green, 23, was among four Eagles released a week and a half ago. And now he’s coming back. NFL Network first reported the news.   

Green (5-8, 191) was a Falcons 6th-round pick out of Louisiana-Monroe last year. After he was waived at final cuts, Green joined the Eagles in early September and spent the entire 2019 season on the Birds’ practice squad. 

In four years at Louisiana-Monroe, Green caught 202 passes for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had 51 rushing attempts for 492 yards (9.6) and 1 touchdown. He also returned kicks and punts in college. He’s less of a pure receiver and more of a playmaker. 

With Green back, the Eagles have a full roster at 80, although that includes Brandon Brooks and Alshon Jeffery who are both on Active/PUP and are not healthy enough to practice. That 80 does not include Matt Leo who has an International exemption. 

Still, the Eagles are at the 80-man limit to keep them from going split-squad at practices. The Eagles are still in the Acclimatization Period of their collectively bargained training camp. They won’t hold non-padded practices until Aug. 12 and the first padded practice won’t be until Aug. 17. 

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Eagles' Fletcher Cox keeps getting better and it's scary

Eagles' Fletcher Cox keeps getting better and it's scary

He’s going into Year 9 now, he’s made five straight Pro Bowls, and he’s at the point now where some veterans just coast through the rest of their career and pile up the honors and pocket millions of dollars and are OK with just being OK.

Not Fletcher Cox.

This guy will never be content.

“I just want to get better at everything,” Cox said Wednesday.

There’s a lot to admire about Cox. The intensity he plays with. The way he attacks practice. The ferocious physical nature of his game that rubs off on the rest of the team. The team-first mentality that’s built into his personality.

And there’s an impossibly high standard he’s constantly trying to live up to, a standard that drives him no matter how many honors he gets, no matter how many sacks he records.

The great ones all share that trait. Whether it was Reggie White, Seth Joyner or Eric Allen, they all had that burning determination to be even better, that refusal to be content with where they’re at as players.

And that’s the company Cox is in. One of the best in Eagles history. 

If you’re a young player or any player really and you see the highest-paid or most-honored players working their ass off every day, you’re going to follow in line.

That's what leadership really is. Not all that rah-rah stuff. It's setting an example for the people around you.  

That’s why veterans who mail it in are so damaging to any team. 

Because young guys are always going to follow the lead of the established veterans, and if those guys are taking shortcuts and not fully committed, that’s when you get disasters like the 2011 Dream Team.

Cox was at work at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday, self-scouting, watching tape of himself, and that’s all he could think about.

The plays he didn’t make.

I was watching film yesterday, we were all in there, and I saw some things I can get better at, and I’ve got to work on those things during training camp,” he said. “I feel like if I can get off of blocks [better], there are three or four or five [more] sacks out there for me. When you look at it on tape, man, if I would have gotten off a second sooner it’s a sack. Just little things like that. But not only me getting better but the whole group getting better.

Think about Cox’s career.

He’s got 48 sacks in eight seasons despite dealing with constant double teams. And he stuffs the run as well as anybody in the game.

And for a lot of his years here, he’s been a one-man wrecking crew. 

The Eagles haven’t had a double-digit edge rusher since Cox was drafted, although Brandon Graham has been close a couple times. 

And the defensive tackles he’s played next to the most — Bennie Logan, Timmy Jernigan, Cullen Jenkins, Haloti Ngata, Beau Allen, Derek Landri and Isaac Sopoaga — have all been either average, injured, disappointing or washed up. 

He’s never had the benefit of elite talent around him. 

In fact, the only Pro Bowlers Cox has ever taken the field with here are Malcolm Jenkins in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and Connor Barwin in 2014.

Reggie had Jerome, Seth, Clyde, Byron Evans, Wes and Andre and Eric Allen around him.

Cox has carried this defense for almost a decade. 

And all he talks about is getting better.

Last year wasn’t Cox’s best year. He spent the offseason rehabbing the toe injury he suffered in the Saints playoff game and wasn’t really himself until the last month or so.

He still made his fifth straight Pro Bowl just because he’s that good.

But this offseason, he was able to get back to his normal offseason routine, and now he has a healthy Malik Jackson and newly acquired Javon Hargrave next to him, more interior talent than he’s ever seen.

If there is football this fall, the NFL is going to see a Hall of Fame talent wearing No. 91 for the Eagles.

A healthy, motivated, driven Fletcher Cox is scary news for opposing offenses. 

We're lucky to have him.

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