Safety Malcolm Jenkins hasn’t played a game as a member of the Eagles yet, but he isn’t letting that stop him from sharing his opinions about his new team’s rivals in the NFC East.
Jenkins had thoughts about all three teams, which ranged from the mild to the scathing. On the mild side is the feeling he shares with many others that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s playing style leaves him vulnerable to injury and a little further down the spectrum is his belief that “it doesn’t look like” the Giants will be able to protect quarterback Eli Manning any better than they did last year.
He saved his harshest rebuke for the Cowboys, though. Jenkins noted how firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wound up helping the Saints defense more than the one in Dallas and scoffed at the notion that the Cowboys defense, which lost Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware, would be better than the one that allowed the Saints to pick up 40 first downs in a game last season.
“The offseason comes and you don’t do anything in free agency to get any big name players to come help you out, so I really don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for this defense in improving when you got the same guys and the same coaches,” Jenkins said on NFL Network, via Philly.com.
There are worse first impressions to make on Eagles fans than making some pointed critiques of their divisional rivals, although the impressions Jenkins makes on the field will determine whether or not he stays on their good side.