Malcolm Jenkins should shore up safety

Jairus Byrd or T.J. Ward would have been stellar options to shore up the safety position for the Philadelphia Eagles.

But the Eagles went with Malcolm Jenkins.

It’s hard to argue the choice.

Jenkins left the New Orleans Saints and joined the Eagles for three years and $16.5 million. He has the ability to be flexible in most defensive schemes, and that should be beneficial in defensive coordinator Billy Davis’ scheme.

The Eagles have lacked a dependable safety since Brian Dawkins left following the 2008 season. Last season, they ranked last in the NFL in pass defense, allowing nearly 300 yards per game.

Jenkins should make a big difference in altering that statistic.

“It’s just about making the calls and eliminating the dumb mistakes to where you [don’t allow] big plays or blown coverages,” Jenkins told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. “That’s where I come in, as far as knowing the defense, making the right calls, and getting everybody lined up so then we can go play fast.”

Even though Jenkins has been in Philadelphia for only a short period of time, he has served as a mentor to the likes of Nate Allen and Earl Wolff. The leadership skills are evident.

“Right now, I have a really good grasp on what the book tells us to do,” Jenkins told the News Journal. “For this formation, we’re playing this coverage, and this formation, it’s this coverage. So now, it’s really how I’m going to match this coverage to these routes, and how am I going to put myself in a position to make a play.”