Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is headed to the 2016 Pro Bowl after all. He confirmed as much with his official Twitter account:
Just got the call that I'll be on my way to Hawaii! Better late than never! #flyeaglesfly #grateful #blessed pic.twitter.com/We1BIJsOov— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) January 26, 2016
Jenkins was originally named as a Pro Bowl alternate ... a seventh alternate. He wasn't very happy about that, and rightfully so. Jenkins was arguably one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs in the NFL. The 28-year-old safety finished the season with 89 tackles, two interceptions, one defensive touchdown, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He graded out as the best safety in the league by Pro Football Focus.
Jenkins played more snaps than any other NFL player in 2015 and he did it while playing with a broken pinky finger that required surgery after the season ended. He should have been named to the Pro Bowl outright, but at least he's finally getting some recognition now that other players are opting out.
Jenkins is now one of four Eagles players to make the 2016 Pro Bowl roster. The others include left tackle Jason Peters, running back/returner Darren Sproles, and defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. Peters usually opts not to attend the game so it'll likely be just Jenkins, Sproles, and Cox going (at most).
The actual Pro Bowl game will take place on Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to the game, the Pro Bowl fantasy draft will air on ESPN on Jan. 27.