Bill Belichick: Malcolm Jenkins recognized Patriots’ trick play, almost blew it up

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The Patriots scored a touchdown on Sunday in Philadelphia on a trick play where receiver Julian Edelman threw the ball into the end zone, but one Eagles player saw it coming and almost stopped it.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly tape breakdown, praised Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins for seeing what the Patriots were trying to do and nearly getting to Edelman before the pass.

“Jenkins, who’s one of the most instinctive players in the league, recognizes it very quickly. He’s on Julian in a hurry,” Belichick said.

So why did the play work? Belichick said wide receiver Phillip Dorsett was able to get past Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby.

“It looks like the back side safety here, which is actually a corner, Darby, kind of gets caught up in some of the action here on the back side and is a little bit late to match Dorsett coming across the field here. So Edelman gets the ball and here comes Jenkins right at him, so not really a lot of time to sort things out. He took a quick read, saw Dorsett got inside on Darby, and makes a great throw,” Belichick said. “How quickly Jenkins reacted, there’s not much time for Julian to do anything but catch it and throw it. Great pass. Great throw.”

It was a great play for the Patriots, but one that Jenkins nearly stopped.

26 responses to “Bill Belichick: Malcolm Jenkins recognized Patriots’ trick play, almost blew it up

  1. Seriously – is that some twisted Bill humor? Jenkins got sucked in thinking he had an open tackle on a screen pass. If he really read the play he’d have found the receiver moving across the field unabated behind him and covered him. The Eagles safeties have aged horribly in two years since the SB and Howie played the fiddle and watched them burn while the market was ripe for the picking.

  2. Translation – If Jenkins is ever available and still has some miles left on the tires you can bet that Bill will bring him in for a look. One thing Bill loves is a great football player, one thing Bill definitely hates is a guy who loves all of the trappings that come with the game, but doesn’t really love the game. Jenkins loves the game

  3. Belichick the ultimate complimentary guy of opposition to lull them to sleep. Darby was stuck in mud, there was no play going on there. There was one guy running to the end zone. Same play would have had Darby benched or cut by Belichick. Oh well.

  4. Jenkins is a baller, and a high football iq, its what makes him better than most, of course BB recognises this

  5. It’s always amazing to me how the NFL is such a game of inches. The difference between a great play and a terrible play is often a quarter second better or worse reaction by any player on the field. Unlike college where the best athletes completely dominate, it’s so close to equal in the NFL.

  6. Love all of those Eagles fans and Pats haters chiming in this morning. You know the venom will continue as their woeful teams slowly disappear once again from playoff contention, and the greatest Dynasty in all of sports marches on to another postseason. Yes Pats fans are laughing in your face once again, and YES Pats fans are enjoying the ride while it lasts, and it sure has been a great 19 YEAR RUN!! Wahahahahahahahahahahaha

  7. Nothing wrong with trick plays but Belicheat has gone way beyond that and he’s been punished for things that should have resulted in a lifetime ban.

  8. I meet a lot of eagles fans in my line,of work. Theyre all so mean and really think them and their team are better than the pats. I just smile and say youre right. Thats how you handle crazy.

  9. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 20, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Nothing wrong with trick plays but Belicheat has gone way beyond that and he’s been punished for things that should have resulted in a lifetime ban.
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    LOL. Guy’s team can’t beat the Patriots so he whines about the placement of a camera even though filming signals was not then and is not now illegal.

  10. The Eagles did a reasonably good job copying the Patriots systems for a short while, including copying their “Philly Special” from NE, but doing it over and over is the trick. The Patriots are The God Emperor’s of the NFL. 9-1 and Super Bowl favorites…in a rebuilding year… Long way to go though. Grind on you crazy Patriots….

  11. Well they had to have Edelman throw it…after all, Tommy is washed up and can’t get it down the field more than a dozen yards or so.

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