Ronald Darby, CB
This one was a head-scratcher. Ronald Darby hasn’t seen the field since the second quarter of the first game of the season. Maybe the NFL thought his second half of the season would impact the Eagles defense big time. Either way, Darby’s name alone got him a nomination. It has to make you feel good that his past seasons were solid enough to have him land on ballots with one tackle in two quarters.
Jalen Mills, CB
Talk about development. The former seventh-round pick Jalen Mills has been outstanding this season. He snagged three interceptions this year and even had a wild highlight reel pick-six a couple weeks back. Fans were skeptical about keeping Mills in the outside corner position but be skeptical no more. The kid is the real deal.
Patrick Robinson, CB
Patrick Robinson was another veteran player who was on the Eagles chopping block once upon a time. Quite the theme the Eagles have going here. Robinson looked flat out bad in training camp. He knew it, his coaches knew it, we all knew it. But he has made major steps toward progression and has soared when given the chance.
Malcolm Jenkins, SS
It’s surprising that we don’t hear Malcolm Jenkins name that often. He has quietly been one of the best players on the Eagles defense this season. Surprisingly, in Jenkins eight previous seasons he has only entered the Pro Bowl one time. It was a shocker to see him not in it last season. If you follow him on social media, you could tell he felt snubbed. This season he is working to change that with his 47 tackles so far.
Rodney McLeod, FS
The Rodney McLeod and Jenkins safety duo is something similar to Bradham and Kendricks’ linebacker duo. The two just simply feed off each other. McLeod who is typically known to be a hard hitter also does pretty well in defending passes. He came up with two interceptions this season to add to his 23 tackles. The undrafted veteran looks to gain his first Pro Bowl appearance this season.