Philadelphia Eagles name captains for the 2017 season

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 22: Malcolm Jenkins /

The Eagles have officially named their team captains for the upcoming season.

It has been a long time since the Philadelphia Eagles have had steady leadership on the team. Since the end of former head coach Andy Reid’s time, the Eagles have had different captains for every single game. Finally, in 2017 the Eagles joined the majority of the NFL with naming key players as steady captains for the 2017 season.

The choice to select captains is another sign that the Eagles have stability on their team now. Over the last few seasons, they’ve had players come and go like it was nothing. Now, with starting quarterback Carson Wentz officially being the face of the franchise, it seems like the organization is finally comfortable with choosing their leaders.

The 2017 Captains:

Looks like the Eagles chose quarterback Carson Wentz and left tackle Jason Peters as offensive captains. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Brandon Graham as defensive captains, and special teams Chris Maragos as the special team’s captain. There will also be a sixth captain, and that one will rotate every game. Although it always felt like these guys have been leaders throughout the entire season last year, this makes it official.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told the media that the choice of the captains was left up to a team vote. So it is no surprise to see who won over the locker room. The captains have all reacted in a positive and humble way. Here is what Graham had to say:

"“It’s going to make me do my job even better. I play my hardest and I do my job to the best of my ability on every play, every day, but when I see that ‘C,’ it’s going to feel unbelievable,” Graham said. “I feel like I have more motivation to be the best I can so I don’t let my teammates down. I’m so happy. A ‘C’ on my chest for the whole season. I always wondered what that would be like and now I’m going to find out.”"

Good to hear from the veteran defensive end. It is very refreshing to see some players in the locker room taking clear leadership. As the Eagles head to Washington for week one, it will be interesting to see how our captains perform with their new uniform patches. Hopefully, it motivates them even more like Graham said it would.