Sproles and Jenkins Will Make Big Difference

Before the tidal wave of malcontents reach the bleachers of Lincolon Financial Field later this year perhaps we all should take a deep breath and consider what Malcolm Jenkins means to the secondary. He is a good football player.Period. Not very good. Not great. Good. Will he improve as a player? Perhaps Just to evaluate him on what he has accomplished up until now on the football field I would have no problem to say he is a good player. Now placing that into the context of what the Eagles have had at safety the last five years; we havent had  any good players at that position since B. Dawk was shown the door and handed his hat and coat by Joe “bean counting’ Banner. I believe that to be the concise version of the facts. Jenkins excels in coverage. He is a solid tackler ( but not so much last year) and is as fast a safety as there is in football. He takes good angles to the ball and is often in right position to make a play on the ball. He is not a punishing hitter nor is he an elite play maker in regards to turnovers. Like I stated earlier, Good player. not very good..not great.. As for Darren Sproles, at this point in his career he is still a very good player especially on special teams and as a receiver out of the back field. Again as with safety the Eagles have not had a dynamic player at this position since all time great Brian Mitchell left as a free agent. Unlike Jenkins at safety, Sproles is dynamic. In my opinion, when Andy Reid was very successful it was in part because of Jim Johnson’s great defense and because special teams  consistently shortened the field for his offense. Sproles should often provide  offensive guru and coach Chip Kelly and QB Nick Foles with good field position. He will also threaten to return punts and kicks to the house every time he touches the ball. Now, the offense isn’t the only facet of the game which is dangerous…Sproles makes the special teams dangerous. Look for Sproles to replace WR Desean Jackson on punts where he looked disinterested most of last year.Sproles will also get a spot carry at running back and be a dangerous receiver out of the back field with teams already spread out thin trying to defend all the game breaking weapons the Eagles already have on offense.The offense should be historic this year as long as Nick Foles continues to play well at QB. With these two moves at safety and Special teams/offense the Eagles are a much better team than they were two days ago.Period.

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