For the third time in his career, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is a Pro Bowler.
He definitely deserves it.
Jenkins, who was initially a first-alternate, will replace Giants safety Landon Collins, who finished the 2018 season on IR with a shoulder injury.
Jenkins, 31, has become one of the greatest free-agent acquisitions in Eagles history. He might be the greatest in franchise history. Since signing with the Eagles in 2014, he has turned himself into one of the best safeties in the league and has now been a Pro Bowler in three of his five years with the Birds, including the last two.
This season, Jenkins had one interception, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a sack.
But the most impressive part of Jenkins’ season was just how much he meant to a secondary that was ravaged by injuries. He was the only member of the secondary to stay healthy this season; the other five starters weren’t around during the playoffs. Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod ended up on IR and Sidney Jones dealt with a hamstring injury for much of the season.
Not only did Jenkins start every game, he didn’t leave the field. Including the playoffs, he played all 1,180 defensive snaps this season and also chipped in a significant amount of special teams snaps (158). He’s really become the Eagles’ iron man.
Aside from just playing every snap, Jenkins means a ton to the Eagles in terms of versatility and leadership. He was the guy who would often speak to the team and break down huddles.
Jenkins joins the Eagles’ first three Pro Bowlers, who made the initial list: Fletcher Cox, Brandon Brooks and Zach Ertz.
Brooks will definitely miss the exhibition game on Jan. 27 because he tore his Achilles on Sunday in New Orleans. It also seems very likely Cox will miss the game because of a turf toe injury he suffered on Sunday; he was in a walking boot at locker clean-out day. Ertz told reporters he was undecided about whether or not he’ll play in the game.
While Jenkins can’t play forever, he’s still playing at an extremely high level at age 31. He takes care of his body and is under contract for two more seasons.
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