Philadelphia Eagles starting safety and defensive captain Malcolm Jenkins is going to the 2019 Pro Bowl after all.
Jenkins was named as a replacement for New York Giants safety Landon Collins, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 13. It’s the fourth time Jenkins has made the Pro Bowl in his 10-year career.
Jenkins really shouldn’t have had to make the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He’s really good and very underrated.
Jenkins didn’t a single defensive snap in the regular season or the playoffs. He played all 1,180 of 1,180 ... PLUS 158 special teams snaps. The guy is simply a warrior. He’s never even missed a single Eagles game since signing with Philadelphia as a free agent five years ago. He’s arguably the team’s best free agent signing of all-time.
The Eagles are very lucky to have Jenkins. In addition to being an incredibly versatile defender, he’s invaluable as a leader in the locker room. He certainly played a big part in the Eagles winning the Super Bowl last year and helped spark a defensive turnaround this year by suggesting that Jim Schwartz should simplify the defense.
Jenkins is now one of four Eagles players to make this year’s Pro Bowl. The three others are: Zach Ertz, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Books.
It’s unclear if any Eagles players will play in the actual Pro Bowl game. I guess Jenkins might. Ertz said he wasn’t sure if he will. Cox and Brooks finished the 2018 season with injuries so I can’t imagine they will.
The 2019 Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, January 27.