Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8. Congratulations to the Green Goblin.
Mills finished the game with three tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss, one pass deflection, and — most impressively — a pick-six that really gave the Eagles a spark. You can re-watch the play below:
THE @greengoblin MAKES A HOUSE CALL#Eagles go for 2 and get it. They lead 17-0 over the #Niners https://t.co/fkFxUJ2aiv— BGN Radio (@BGN_Radio) October 29, 2017
Just a really good return by the second-year defensive back.
No one will be mistaking Mills for an elite, shutdown corner, but there’s no denying he’s given the Eagles some good moments this season. He ranks third in the league in interceptions (3) and passes defensed (10). Mills has certainly exceeded expectations relative to his draft position as a seventh-round pick in 2016.
Here’s a fun fact: Mills is the first Eagles cornerback to win a Defensive Player of the Week award since all the way back in 2007. Can you guess who it was?
(Jeopardy music plays)