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Return fire — Malcolm Jenkins goes NSFW on Orlando Scandrick

Return fire — Malcolm Jenkins goes NSFW on Orlando Scandrick

By the time Malcolm Jenkins got off the practice field Friday afternoon, he had already heard about the comments from his former teammate Orlando Scandrick on FS1’s Undefeated. 

While talking about Scandrick, who classified Jenkins as a selfish player, Jenkins said he didn’t “give two s—“ about players who aren’t on the team anymore. 

“For us to move on as a team,” Jenkins said, “we can’t have motherf——s like that in the room.” 

During his national television interview earlier on Friday morning, Scandrick said there were some selfish players on the Eagles' defense and pointed to a play where Jenkins was supposed to provide safety help for Rasul Douglas in the Minnesota game. After he playfully declined to say who he was talking about, Scandrick made it clear and ripped Jenkins. 

“Look, I really (don’t) give two s— about people who ain’t here,” Jenkins said. “A lot of it was … you could ask anybody in the locker room who I am as a player, who I am to this team, I think one of the things he said was I didn’t take accountability for certain plays, which anybody who goes and looks at any of my comments, I immediately take credit for all of the mistakes I make.”

For what it’s worth, Jenkins had already taken blame for that deep-ball touchdown in Minnesota. 

So, on Friday, Jenkins was asked directly about Scandrick’s assertion that he’s a selfish player. 

“Man, my record speaks for itself,” Jenkins responded. “Everybody knows what I do for this team, what I do for everybody in this locker room, how much time I put into … see, I won’t even waste my effort with that.”

Jenkins, 31, has been considered a veteran leader in the Eagles’ locker room since his arrival in 2014. During that time, he hasn’t just been one of the team’s best players, he’s also been one of its most respected leaders. 

When asked about Scandrick’s questioning the leadership on the Eagles, Jenkins scoffed: “The 12-year vet said there’s leadership issues?” 

While he was clearly mad about the comments from a guy who shared a meeting room and a huddle with him just last week, Jenkins also said he was relieved that player is gone. 

“I think the most [frustrating part] is you go to battle with somebody, you see them face to face every day,” Jenkins said. “We’re all grown men. If you have something that’s on your mind, go ahead and say it. We’ve got that open dialogue here. I know I’m not afraid to say something if I have an issue. I would hope my peers have the same respect. At the same time, to know now that that’s kind of what was in your locker room, it feels good to know that he’s not here.”

One of the overarching themes of Scandrick’s appearance on TV this morning was about an overall lack of accountability in the Eagles’ franchise. Scandrick said there’s a lack of accountability with the team and “it starts from the top.” 

Jenkins was asked about that accountability problem on Friday. 

“How long was he here?” Jenkins fired back. 

A reporter said three weeks. 

“That’s probably not long enough to know the team.”

5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

With professional sports on pause around the world, fans are looking for anything - video games, simulations, classic games - to satisfy that live sports itch.

We may have found the ultimate placeholder: a five-year-old imitating Boston Scott's infamous spin-o-rama.

On Saturday afternoon, Twitter user Robin Stanley tagged Scott in a quick video of his son, Beckett, pretending to be the Eagles running back:

I mean, c'mon: the likeness to Scott's spin move against the Giants is kind of uncanny.

In case you need to jog your memory, here is Scott's spin:

Scott, of course, made fun of himself for the move at the time, admitting that when he saw the clip after the game, it "looked pretty silly".

I'd say Beckett's spin had a little more swag.

Stanley's dad, a Philly native, told NBC Sports Philadelphia his son was expecting to play his first season of flag football this spring down in Nashville, but the league was postponed because of social distancing mandates, so he's making do.

On Saturday, Scott saw Stanley's video and gave the little man a nod of approval:

That's just good, clean fun. Thank you, Beckett, for the sports-related smile.

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Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Four years ago, when Rodney McLeod became a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, one of the reasons he wanted to join the Eagles was for the chance to play next to Malcolm Jenkins. 

And for the last four years, he did. The two formed a safety tandem that played 49 regular season games and four playoff games, including Super Bowl LII, together. 

But now Jenkins is back in New Orleans with the Saints and the Eagles are preparing to play without him for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, McLeod signed a two-year deal to return to Philly. 

On a conference call with reporters on Thursday, McLeod said he learned a lot from Jenkins over the past four seasons. 

What were some of those lessons? 

Just as a competitor,” McLeod said. “And then the ability to get the most out of guys, whether it’s on the defensive side or from an entire team standpoint. I think as a leader, that’s your kind of job. How can you get guys to play at the highest level and get the most out of your players. I think he was one of the best at doing that and understanding everyone … I learned a lot from him. 

“Not just on the field but off the field, the way he handled himself and what he did in the community for the city. I’ll always admire him. It’s hard to match. But like I said, his legacy will live on. The Saints are getting a good guy. Now, us as Eagles, playing with a new group of guys and we’re ready to move forward.

There’s no question that the Eagles are going to miss Jenkins’ contributions on the field. They will use some combination of Jalen Mills and Will Parks to replace him at that position and that won’t be easy. 

But the Eagles will also miss the leadership Jenkins brought to the locker room. He wasn’t just the leader of the secondary or even just the defense; Jenkins was oftentimes the key leader for the entire team. That’s hard to replace too. 

It’s not that McLeod, 29, hasn’t been a leader during his first four years in Philly. But now that role might need to expand and will become more important with the absence of Jenkins. 

“I think it’s important for me to be myself and be who I’ve always been,” McLeod said. “And that’s a guy that leads by his actions and leads by example. I think if you ask a lot of guys on the team, that’s what they’ll tell you most. Actions sometimes speak louder than words. I think there will be times for me to speak up when needed. When my teammates need me most, I’ll be ready to do that.”

For the most part, McLeod has been the quieter of the two safeties and Jim Schwartz has previously called him the calming presence in the defensive backfield.

But McLeod can speak up too. 

It’s really just about finding a balance between his two sides and putting the lessons from Jenkins into practice in 2020. 

“Myself, being a leader on this team for some time, will of course be asked to step up as well as other guys from a defensive standpoint and on the team,” McLeod said. “I think we’re prepared for that. And guys will be willing to step up to the plate and accept the challenge. Myself first and foremost.”

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