Through three weeks, the Eagles' defense has been the glue that's held the team together despite struggles on the offensive side of the ball. The unit has been on the field for more offensive plays than any other in the league this season, and even with injuries to a handful of key starters has held opponents to 5.0 yards per play, good for sixth best in the NFL.
One of the catalysts for Philadelphia's strong play on the defensive side has been safety Malcolm Jenkins, who leads the team in tackles (22), forced fumbles (2) and deflected passes (5).
The seventh-year veteran spoke to reporters, touching on a handful of subjects, including the role first-year defensive backs coach Cory Undlin has played in the success of the unit.
"We're getting more and more snaps playing with proper technique," he said of what he sees when he watches game film. "Receivers are getting badgered and disrupted at the line of scrimmage, and that's helping us. It's helping make the quarterback hold the ball, and we're a lot more pressure from our front. ... We have confidence that our technique is going to take care of anybody that we play against."
He also touched on the possibility of injured wide receiver, and former Eagle, DeSean Jackson making his return when the team travels to Washington this Sunday. He's been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
"He's obviously the one who can blow the top off the coverage the fastest, and as a middle-of-the-field player, I'm always probably going to keep my eyes on him," Jenkins said of containing the 5-10 speedster. "I enjoy going against the best. So (facing) somebody who's a competitor like he is and has a chip on his shoulder and a foul taste in his mouth about this place, those games are always fun."
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