Malcolm Jenkins says he was flagged for doing his job

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Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins drew a penalty flag for a hit on Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on Thursday night, and afterward Jenkins said the penalty was for doing nothing more than his job.

Jenkins, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness, said the official told him the flag was thrown because Jenkins didn’t have to hit Patterson. Jenkins said his job is to hit Patterson.

“The explanation I got for the flag was that I didn’t have to hit him, which is kind of opposite of what my job description is. So I don’t understand that,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins’ comments are the latest across the NFL this offseason indicating that NFL players are not on the same page as the Competition Committee and owners who make the rules or the officials who enforce the rules. That dichotomy has existed in the NFL for years, but it has been readily apparent this offseason, when the league passed a new rule against lowering the helmet despite outcry from players that they don’t understand the rule and don’t know how to play under its strictures. The start of the regular season is less than three weeks away, and this issue isn’t going anywhere.

53 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins says he was flagged for doing his job

  1. When we won our Superbowls, we were warmly welcomed by the White House and the President threw a touchdown to Ricky Sanders.

    The Eagles are #FakeChampions and have last place in the NFC East stamped all over.

  2. The hit was after the whistle and you could have avoided the contact. Kind of a cheap shot (one that occurs regularly by many).

    Good call by the ref …

  3. logicalvoicesays says:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    When we won our Superbowls, we were warmly welcomed by the White House and the President threw a touchdown to Ricky Sanders.

    The Eagles are #FakeChampions and have last place in the NFC East stamped all over.

    LOL, funniest idiotic comment ever. Yeah that was 27 years ago and the washington franchise have been a complete laughing stock ever since and are on pace for another last place finish. Live in the past much

  4. Yet they will sue the NFL for the latent effects of leading with their helmet.

    Don’t tell me what to do, but you better tell me what to do!

  5. So what I take from this article was the iggles where trying to win the game but failed

  6. This was the right call by the refs, but this new rule is eventually going to be the difference between winning and losing a game. This is too extreme of a rule change and if we see 3-4 of these a game, I’ll stop watching.

  7. It was a ticky tack call, off one of the few bad passes Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, had in his six series, and I understand his complaint.

  8. Just put Flags on them already rather then slowly dragging it out for the next 5 years. Good I hope the XFL is actually something serious I just want to watch real football again.

  9. When most fans go to a game they don’t scan the players lined up on the sideline for the National Anthem. Whether these knuckleheads are kneeling or have a fist raised means nothing to me or the fans in the stadium. Their ignorant protest accomplishes nothing other to say they have total disrespect and disregard for our military and the men and women who have died or are currently serving our country.
    All of these protesters are of a very low IQ and have many drug related pasts and have beaten women in a very cowardly way.

  10. skins4lifeweb says:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    He’s a dirty player going all the way back to bountygate. I wonder if he got a “bounty” for knocking Cooks out?
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    He helped win his team a Super Bowl with that hit (and wasn’t penalized).
    When was the last time your team won?

  11. This issue with the Helmet rule is more on an issue amongst football fans than the stupid Anthem issue. First time in the regular season when this cost a team a game will be when the brown stuff will hit the fan!!!!!!!

  12. Pats fan here. The flag drawn against Jenkins was an absolute joke. So was a majority of the flags in that game and other preseason games. The product that we all love has slowly been deteriorating and is getting worse by the minute. The game was so much more watchable 10 to 20 years ago even with the crappy television set up we all had. Go put on a game from back in the day you’ll see.

    Get ready for a lot more debatable plays. Football isn’t even about the action anymore than it is of political positions and complaining about what is a catch, what replay shows or what is a legal hit. Basically a soap opera. I’m very happy that I’m a hockey fan, at least that sport hasn’t been corrupted by non-stop BS. Good luck to all teams this year.

  13. logicalvoicesays says:
    When we won our Superbowls, we were warmly welcomed by the White House and the President threw a touchdown to Ricky Sanders.

    That was Reagan a mere 31 years ago….seems like 50.

  14. vikesr4reel says:
    Funny little fact…
    If this guy was any good we would have drafted him

    And if the Vikings were any good they wouldn’t have gotten smoked in the NFC championship

  15. I guess Malcolm just does not have any respect for any kind of flag. The American Flag 🇺🇸 nor the Penalty Flags. Poooooooor Malcolm!

  16. He leaves out the part where Patterson was considered a defenseless receiver. He got flagged for hitting the guy after he clearly didn’t have the ball and was still elevated.

    This kind of comment by him is just stupid. Which pretty much sums up the Eagles these days. Kelce and Johnson spent all offseason talking about the Patriots, then went into Foxboro and got run over. Less yapping, more blocking, guys.

  17. Jenkins was guilty if a late hit pure and simple. He took two steps after the ball went by and then laid it on. That was not ‘just doing his job’. It was dirty.

    But the helmet rule calls elsewhere in the game were nonsense. If that had not been a preseason game the Eagles would have had a righteous greviance. A playoff game and that would have been explosive. (And I fear I just fortold something that will happen)

    And as far as the references to his hit on Cooks last year, that one was not dirty. Understood that it certainly came out poorly for Cooks, but it was a combination of how Jenkins was coming in AND how Cooks turned after the catch AND how his head happened to be coming around in just the right spot to take most of the blow. As nasty as it looked it was really just something thats a tough part of football.

  18. davedsone says:
    August 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    He leaves out the part where Patterson was considered a defenseless receiver. He got flagged for hitting the guy after he clearly didn’t have the ball and was still elevated.

    This kind of comment by him is just stupid. Which pretty much sums up the Eagles these days. Kelce and Johnson spent all offseason talking about the Patriots, then went into Foxboro and got run over. Less yapping, more blocking, guys.
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    It was preseason and they were keeping Brady in to light up the Eagles backups. Talk about coping, Bill must have a bruised ego after their loss.

  19. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    August 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    Wouldn’t it be up to his coach to explain the rules to him ?that’s pretty lame !
    Maybe spend more time Learning the rulebook instead of protesting!
    Just a thought!

    It’s good that you didn’t identify as a fan of any particular team. That kind of talk about rulebooks can get you in trouble. 4 games, 1 picks and a million dollars trouble.

  20. Everyone just needs to realize that the Eagles are the last champions of the national FOOTBALL league, and everything beyond Superbowl 52 is some weak mutant pygmy thing.

  21. Any hit on a patriots player during a game will have the ref consider pulling out the flag… most of the time they will, especially if the patriots player asks them to.

  22. patbutler87 says:
    August 17, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    davedsone says:
    August 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    It was preseason and they were keeping Brady in to light up the Eagles backups. Talk about coping, Bill must have a bruised ego after their loss.
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    Stop trying to make yourself feel better by making stuff up. The Eagles 1st team D was in the the whole 1st half.

  23. Hey NFL… you CAN’T have it both ways, an overabundance of safety in a violent sport. You want football?… there’s going to be injuries. You don’t want injuries?… eliminate football.

  24. Coffeehog says:
    August 17, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    Jenkins was guilty if a late hit pure and simple. He took two steps after the ball went by and then laid it on. That was not ‘just doing his job’. It was dirty.

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    You try running at someone full speed and stop dead “2 steps ahead.” sounds like somoene who has never played football

  25. rkeister says:
    August 19, 2018 at 6:58 pm
    Coffeehog says:
    August 17, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    Jenkins was guilty if a late hit pure and simple. He took two steps after the ball went by and then laid it on. That was not ‘just doing his job’. It was dirty.

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    You try running at someone full speed and stop dead “2 steps ahead.” sounds like somoene who has never played football

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    Played lots, pulled up on hits lots of time. You?
    Even other Eagles players that were closer still managed to pull up.

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