Who will replace Malcolm Jenkins leadership in Philadelphia?

Which Eagles Players are Replacing Malcolm Jenkins’ Leadership?

  • Brandon Graham
  • carson wentz
  • Darius Slay
  • Fletcher Cox
  • Jalen Mills
  • Javon Hargrave
  • Jim Schwartz
  • Malcolm Jenkins
  • Philadelphia Eagles
By Anthony Miller June 26, 2020 0 Comment

Eagles losing Malcolm Jenkins meant more off the field than on it

It was no secret that the Eagles didn’t want to pay Jenkins big money when it was uncertain how long he will play for. Philadelphia made the tough call in letting him walk in free agency to save money. This led to Jenkins reuniting with the New Orleans Saints.

Eagles will miss Jenkins locker room presence

Jenkins was a valuable member of the team as he was able to play almost every single down for the Eagles during his time. He never missed a game and contributed on defense as well as special teams. Jenkins could always be seen making the tackle and flying around the field. His grit and toughness made him a quick fan favorite in Philadelphia.

The other trait that made him so great was his leadership. Some players are more silent with their leadership like Carson Wentz. Jenkins made sure to be the vocal leader on the team and push his teammates to be the best. He played a key role in the Super Bowl run when Nick Foles came in for Wentz. Without his leadership, the team might not have been so lucky to earn their first Lombardi Trophy.

Who’s next in Line to Replace Jenkins’ Leadership?

The good news is there are still veteran leaders on both sides of the ball than can step in and take over as the leader.

One player who will need to make the leap as a leader is Carson Wentz. Fans have seen the quarterback evolve, especially after all the injuries the offense suffered last year. Granted, Wentz will not be the guy yelling at everyone, but fans saw a different side of him at the end of the season.

He became a teacher of the game. Wentz could be seen on the sidelines helping the other skill players like Boston Scott and Greg Ward. Eagles fans never saw him scolding players for making mistakes. Above all, Wentz knows how to take ownership of the mistake or calmly go over to them and assist them on what to do the next time. That goes a long way in winning over your locker room.

Who Will Take Over the Defense?

On the defensive side, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are primed to take over Jenkins’ spot. Graham has always been a vocal guy who can influence the defensive side of the ball. However, Graham still plays with a high motor, while remaining vocal on and off the field. Heading into his eleventh season, Graham should be poised to take over as a vocal leader.

Fox will be a guy that leads by example. He operates a lot like Wentz in the sense that he doesn’t need to be vocal to be a leader. In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer back in May, Cox even mentioned the vocal role will most likely be Graham.

“I’m not a big rah-rah guy,” Cox said. “Maybe [Brandon Graham] will take over that role. I like to lead by example, just show guys that I’m here if you need me.”

How Different Will the Eagles Look in 2020 Without Jenkins?

Some would argue that the Eagles’ defense improved in the off-season thanks to the addition of Darius Slay. That would be true. Resigning Jalen Mills and placing him at safety to replace Jenkins is a good move as well. Javon Hargrave provides depth and power to an already top-five defensive line.

One concern for Philadelphia is a lack of depth and potential starters at linebacker. They are a young group with a lot of athleticism which holds well in Jim Schwartz’s defense. The unknowns at the second level of the defense has some concerned about how their performance in 2020.

Losing Jenkins will be tough and not many would be able to replace his high energy and leadership abilities. That being said, the Eagles are in a position to see what their younger guys will do and improve on last season.

Fans seem to be more excited about the defense heading into 2020.  Ultimately, there is good reason to be excited, as a mostly healthy roster returns to improve on last season’s division crown.

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