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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.”

Doug Pederson hoping to mix new face Jay Ajayi into Eagles' running attack

Doug Pederson hoping to mix new face Jay Ajayi into Eagles' running attack

Doug Pederson said he hopes to get recently re-acquired running back Jay Ajayi more involved in the offense as the Eagles head into the stretch run.

Ajayi has eight carries for 25 yards and a 3.1 average in two games since returning to the Eagles following a year layoff. 

A Pro Bowler in 2016 with the Dolphins and a stud down the stretch during the Super Bowl season, Ajayi suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 last year and didn’t play from Oct. 7, 2018, until Nov. 24, 2019, when he made his 2019 debut against the Seahawks.

Ajayi didn't have OTAs or a training camp and didn't even practice until the Wednesday before the Seattle game. 

It's a process with him, but we understand who he is and the injury that he's coming off of, so we're careful with that,” Pederson said. “But at the same time, he's a bigger, powerful guy that we can use in spots.

With Jordan Howard missing the last three games with nerve damage in his shoulder, rookie Miles Sanders has essentially been the entire running attack. But the Eagles are so hesitant to increase his workload significantly that it’s created a situation in which the Eagles just haven’t run the ball very much during their three-game losing streak because they haven’t had a viable second option.

During these last three games, Sanders has 40 carries, Ajayi eight and Boston Scott seven.

This is the first time the Eagles have leaned this heavily on one back in a three-game stretch since 2012. 

During a late-season three-game stretch in which LeSean McCoy was hurt, Bryce Brown got 52 carries and Dion Lewis had four.

The Eagles ran 45 percent of the time in the nine games Howard played and 31 percent since he got hurt. They’re 0-3 without him.

Miles has done a great job,” Pederson said Saturday. “I’d love to get Jay a few more touches and get Boston in the mix so we're not obviously wearing Miles down here this last month of the season.

The current stretch is the first in franchise history that the Eagles have thrown at least 40 times and run the ball 23 or fewer times in three straight games.

Howard hasn’t played since before the bye week and is out for the Eagles’ game Monday night against the Giants. 

Pederson said earlier in the week he doesn’t expect this to be a season-ending injury, but will Howard be able to pick up where he left off after such a long layoff even if he does return?

The Eagles began the season with Howard, Sanders, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles in what looked to be a deep running back rotation. 

Sanders is the only one of that group left. Can Ajayi make a difference after such a long layoff? Sounds like Pederson wants to find out.

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Eagles Injury Update: Latest on Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Howard

Eagles Injury Update: Latest on Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Howard

Updated: 3:39 p.m.

Derek Barnett and Nelson Agholor will likely be game-time decisions for Monday Night Football, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Saturday morning. 

Barnett (ankle) and Agholor (knee) both missed all three days of practice this week and are listed as questionable.

Meanwhile, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol. He was just placed in protocol on Thursday and won't play Monday night. 

And Jordan Howard (shoulder) has still not been cleared for contact; he can’t play until he is and that’s not happening before Monday. He's officially questionable. 

Lane Johnson also missed practice on Friday and Saturday for a non-injury reason but is expected to play on Monday. 

If Agholor is unable to play, the Eagles would be left with just three healthy receivers on the roster: Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. 

“We’re very comfortable, obviously, with the guys we have,” Pederson said. “So if it’s three, it’s three. We brought up [Josh Perkins] a week ago to help us there, so it’s an addition there. We go and we go play. We’ll discuss those over the next couple of days leading up to the game. If we have to make a decision we will. We feel good with the guys we have in that receiver role.” 

If the Eagles do decide to make a roster move, they have three wide receivers on their practice squad: Robert Davis, Marcus Green and Marken Michel. 

While Agholor had his knee injury before last week’s game, Barnett got hurt during the loss in Miami, but was still able to play through the injury and play 50 snaps. Barnett has played the third-most defensive snaps on the team this year, so losing him for this game wouldn’t be insignificant. 

If Barnett can’t play, expect Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry to get more reps. After that, Genard Avery, Daeshon Hall and even Shareef Miller could see a few snaps. 

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