Philadelphia Eagles: 5 candidates to replace Malcolm Jenkins at safety
By Dan Parzych
1. Karl Joseph
When looking at the current safeties still available in free agency, Karl Joseph could be one of their best options if the former first-round pick doesn’t return to the Las Vegas Raiders for a fifth year with the team.
Unfortunately, Joseph watched his season end earlier than expected in 2019 after suffering an injury in November, but as long as he is healthy enough to go for the start of next season, this is all that really matters the most.
There’s a reason why expectations were so high for Joseph during the draft in 2016 when the Raiders selected him with the 14th overall pick, and while there have certainly been plenty of frustrations over the last four years, the safety has made quite an impact as well.
Believe it or not, a case can even be made that Joseph is considered one of the most underrated safeties in the league, and there’s a good chance his game would be elevated to new levels if he were to get the opportunity to work with a defensive coordinator like Schwartz.
Replacing Jenkins after all these years is going to seem nearly impossible for the Eagles moving forward, and this can’t be stressed enough with the impact he will now leave behind on Philadelphia’s defense at the position.
But at least with Joseph and some of these other options worth considering, there is hope that the Eagles will be just fine in the long run, even if it’s difficult to realize at this very moment.