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Malcolm Jenkins Named To Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 26, 2016

Malcolm Jenkins finally got the call he’d been hoping to receive.

The safety has been officially named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, replacing Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL. The honor is the first of Jenkins’ seven-year career. Jenkins is the fourth Eagle to earn Pro Bowl accolades this season along with defensive end Fletcher Cox, tackle Jason Peters and return specialist Darren Sproles.

In 2015, Jenkins racked up career highs in a number of categories, including tackles (120), tackles for loss (13), passes defensed (15) and forced fumbles (3). He ranked first among all Eagles defenders in total tackles and the safety’s 13 tackles for loss trailed only Cox for the team lead.

These stats allowed him to be graded as the No. 1 safety in the league this season by Pro Football Focus, an honor many, including Eagles Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins, feel is well-deserved.

“When I watch safeties, I want to see flash,” Dawkins explained. “When I look at film, I want to see the potential to disrupt. I want to see a guy that can change the outcome of a game by making big plays. ... Watching Malcolm Jenkins, that’s what you’re seeing.”

Jenkins also notched a fumble recovery and two interceptions on the year, one of which was a 99-yard pick-six off Tom Brady in the Eagles’ Week 13 win over New England. The score tied for the third-longest defensive touchdown in team history and allowed Jenkins to become the first safety in franchise history with a pick-six in consecutive seasons.

Already on his way to Honolulu, the wait was well worth it for Jenkins and he is more than ready to take the field and compete with the NFL’s best this weekend.

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