Pro Football Focus released their entire list of the PFF Top 101 players from the 2015 NFL season. A total of only two Philadelphia Eagles players made the cut. That's two less than last year's total of four. It's also four less than the six Eagles players that made the list in 2013. Here's what PFF had to say in this year's edition.
25. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Philadelphia Eagles (unranked) - Once trapped in an unfriendly system in New Orleans (and earning negative cumulative PFF grades), Malcolm Jenkins has reinvented himself in Philadelphia and been one of the league’s best over the past couple of seasons. This year, he was second only to Minnesota’s Harrison Smith in overall PFF safety grades, with a mark of 89.8, grading well in coverage and against the run. Often covering the slot, Jenkins was thrown at 83 times, the most among safeties by almost 10 targets, but was beaten for an average of just 8.9 yards per reception and allowed fewer than 500 receiving yards. Best performance: Week 10 versus Miami: +3.7. Key stat: Jenkins had the second highest PFF rating of any safety at 89.8.
We've written about PFF's love for Jenkins before. The veteran safety was one of the few bright spots for the Eagles last season. His best play of the season was undoubtedly when he became the first player to pick off Tom Brady in the red zone. Jenkins was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Eagles' upset win over the Patriots. Watch the play again here:
The Eagles rewarded Jenkins with a contract extension after the 2015 season. It was well-deserved.
28. Fletcher Cox, DE, Philadelphia Eagles (46) - Few defensive linemen in today’s NFL are asked to play two gaps on defense anymore. Philadelphia did ask that of their D-linemen in 2015, and Fletcher Cox was still able to notch 77 defensive pressures over the regular season, despite playing in a system that would require him to defend two gaps on early downs—and slow his advance to the quarterback because of it. Cox was one of the most troublesome players to block in the entire league, and a true force on the Philadelphia line. He could be even better in 2016 if freed from two-gapping responsibilities in a new defensive scheme. Best performance: Week 10 versus Miami: +6.5. Key stat: Despite being asked to two-gap much of the time, Cox notched 77 total pressures and two batted passes as a pass-rusher.
Cox moved up 14 spots from last year's ranking. It's arguably still not high enough. No disrespect to Jenkins, but Cox is clearly the team's best defensive player. The 25-year-old defensive lineman is a beast. As PFF notes, his production has the potential to go up in Philadelphia's new 4-3 scheme. Look for him to jump even higher on this list moving forward.
Former Eagles players on PFF's list include:
S Patrick Chung (yes, really) - No. 62
OG Evan Mathis - No. 76
And that's it. No Jeremy Maclin, no DeSean Jackson, no LeSean McCoy.