Philadelphia Eagles Have Three Pro Bowlers, Malcolm Jenkins Snubbed


There are three members of the Philadelphia Eagles going to the Pro Bowl and Malcolm Jenkins isn’t one of them.

Pro Bowl voting has come to a close and the official roster pool was released Tuesday night. This year, Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will play the role of GM in the NFL’s All-Star game as Team Rice and Team Irvin draft their players January 27 on ESPN 2. I’m sure you’ll DVR it. Or not, because you’ll probably have something more significant to do, like watch paint dry or repeatedly headbutt a brick wall.

Of the 72 players attending the Pro Bowl, three Philadelphia Eagles will be making their way to Honolulu for the least entertaining football game of the year — Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Darren Sproles.

It seems people have finally picked up on just how good Fletcher Cox is. Cox was snubbed last season despite arguably being the most dominant 3-4 defensive end in the league not named J.J. Watt. This season, however, it was pretty hard to miss Cox routinely shredding through triple-teams and dismantling just about every play that went anywhere near him. The dude is a man dog.

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Jason Peters, on the other hand, was selected to this year’s Pro Bowl solely based on notoriety. Though he’s undoubtedly been one of the league’s best offensive linemen in recent years, this season was a completely different story. Peters got beat. A lot. He’s in the latter end of his career and, frankly, it’s only a matter of time until Peters hangs up the cleats for good. He’s on the decline and it’s happening faster than many would have predicted, especially after suffering a degenerative injury to his back earlier in the season.

Darren Sproles, the third Eagle going to the Pro Bowl, will be handling return duties for the second consecutive year. Sproles is a colossal threat with the ball in his hands and it should be no surprise to anyone that he will be joining the NFL’s elite in the Pro Bowl once again.

What is a surprise, however, is that Malcolm Jenkins, one of Pro Football Focus’ top safeties this season, is nowhere to be found on the list of Pro Bowlers. Since joining the Eagles in 2014, his presence has helped Philadelphia’s secondary go from mediocre to respectable. In 14 games this season, Jenkins has accumulated 94 tackles (tied for a career high), seven pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

Oh, and he also picked off Tom Brady in the end zone and ran it back 99 yards for a touchdown. Does that count for nothing?!

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who was voted to the Pro Bowl, tore his ACL against the Eagles this past Sunday night, so it’s very possible that Jenkins could take his spot on the final roster. For right now though, that’s still no guarantee.

But whether Jenkins makes the Pro Bowl or not, Eagles fans should be happy with the three players that are headed to Hawaii. With all of the Eagles’ inconsistencies this season, it’s refreshing to hear that there are a few players good enough to be considered the best of the best. This can be considered a small victory for a team that is lucky to have six of them right now.