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Malcolm Jenkins nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year award

Malcolm Jenkins nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year award

For the second time in three years, safety Malcolm Jenkins is the Eagles’ nominee for the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year award. 

Jenkins, who will turn 32 later this month, is certainly a worthy candidate for the award, which honors one NFL player each year for contributions to their community, in addition to excellence on the field. 

The Eagles’ nominee last year, Chris Long, won the award. He became the third Eagles player to win, joining Troy Vincent (2002) and Harold Carmichael (1980). The last time players from the same team won the award in consecutive years was in 1972 and 1973 when Chiefs linebacker Will Lanier won in ’72 and Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson won in ’73. 

The Walter Payton Mann of the Year Award was established in 1970 but was renamed in 1999 after the late Walter Payton. 

"Winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for me would be a huge honor and a way to acknowledge the work of everyone else who has allowed The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to be what it is," Jenkins said to the Eagles’ website. "And that's every volunteer, every person that we've been able to engage with in the community, every partner, every sponsor, my wonderful board, who has been with us from the beginning, allowing us to operate in four different states.

"That's my mother who has been the president and really the boots on the ground for the foundation since its beginning. If I were to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, I think all of these people deserve to be recognized for the great work that they do."

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation was created in 2010, when Jenkins was still a member of the New Orleans Saints, with a mission to serve youth in that community. The foundation has since grown and now serves in four states: New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Jenkins is from New Jersey and has played either professionally or collegiately in the other three states. 

In addition to his work with his foundation, Jenkins has taken an active role as an advocate for criminal justice reform. While his demonstration of raising a fist during the national anthem in in previous years to protest police brutality and racial and social injustice garnered headlines, Jenkins has always been more focused on his work to combat those issues. He always tried to shift the conversation to the work he and other NFL players have done in that area. Jenkins has met with politicians and lawmakers and he’s worked to educate himself and others on issues dealing with criminal justice reform. 

The winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation in their name to United Way and $250,000 donated to a charity of their choice. 

Jenkins and the other 31 nominees will each receive a $50,000 donation to a charity of their choice. 

The winner of the league-wide award will be announced on Feb. 1 during NFL Honors. 

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Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Lane Johnson is a Pro Bowler after all.

Johnson, snubbed in the original Pro Bowl announcement, has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an alternate, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio.

This is Johnson’s third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. There was no word on which offensive lineman dropped out of the game.

It was a little surprising that Johnson didn't make the team initially. He's considered one of the NFL's most dominating right tackles and was a first-team all-pro in 2017.

He didn't seem thrilled when the original team was announced a month ago:

Johnson missed the last three games of the regular season and the playoff loss to the Seahawks with a high ankle sprain, and it’s unknown whether he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.

But for the purposes of bonuses and status, he’s now officially a three-time Pro Bowler.

Johnson becomes the seventh offensive lineman in Eagles history selected to three or more Pro Bowls.

Jason Peters was picked to seven between the 2009 and 2016 seasons. Tra Thomas, Bob Brown, Bucko Kilroy, Jason Kelce, Jim Ringo and Brandon Brooks have all been picked to three.

The 29-year-old Johnson becomes the Eagles’ sixth Pro Bowler, joining Brooks, Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz and Rick Lovato.

Johnson, the fourth pick in the 2013 draft, recently signed a contract extension that runs through 2025.

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Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

On Monday night, the Dolphins announced their 2020 coaching staff and there was a notable omission.

No Jim Caldwell.

So now the 65-year-old former head coach, OC and quarterbacks coach has plenty of free time if the Eagles want to interview him for their offensive coordinator opening (if they haven’t already).

According to ESPN, Caldwell is interested in coaching after missing the 2019 season for health reasons.

Shortly after the Eagles fired Mike Groh earlier this month, ESPN’s Tim McManus mentioned Caldwell and Kevin O’Connell as candidates. O’Connell has since joined the Los Angeles Rams as their offensive coordinator, a position that is somewhat like the one in Philly because the head coach is the primary play-caller.

Earlier on Monday, we learned that USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who interviewed with the Eagles, is expected to return to Southern California for next season. So cross him off the list.

Caldwell is an intriguing name because of his history with quarterbacks. It would make sense for the next offensive coordinator to be someone who could have a positive influence on Carson Wentz as he enters what should be the prime of his career.

While candidates like Harrell and Chiefs offensive coordinator Mike Kafka are fast-risers in the coaching world, Caldwell has been coaching longer they’ve been alive. He has an impressive resume.

Caldwell has been an NFL head coach twice (Colts and Lions) and was the quarterbacks coach with the Colts from 2002-08. Peyton Manning went to nine straight Pro Bowls with Caldwell coaching him.

The Eagles are taking their time choosing a coach but their brass is in Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl and that can often be an opportunity to meet with several coaches within a few days. It would make plenty of sense if Caldwell is on their list; and now his schedule should be wide open.

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