Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins continues to show he’s one of a kind leader

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During a week filled with drama surrounding a canceled visit to the White House, Malcolm Jenkins continues to show true leadership for the Philadelphia Eagles.

As the Philadelphia Eagles continue to spend the necessary time together to prepare for defending their Super Bowl title during the 2018 season, the whole White House visit that never took place has been a little bit of a distraction this week.

Whether Doug Pederson and company want to admit it or not, the Eagles became the center of attention this week when President Donald Trump decided to cancel the team’s visit to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win.

Even if the argument can be made that Philadelphia’s lack of attendance played a major role in the decision, let’s not forget that Trump’s actions and feelings towards NFL players played a big part in the Eagles feeling uncomfortable about going as well.

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Some sports fans will try to blame the Eagles by saying they tried to make it political, but also the fact that Trump went out of his way to accuse the team of kneeling and going in the locker room during the national anthem (they didn’t) shows how ridiculous this has become.

While players like Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long may have raised their fist in protest of police brutality, but for Trump to attempt calling out a team like Philadelphia for doing something they never did like kneeling or going in the locker room is ridiculous.

Both players deserve plenty of credit for all of the work they have done to bring the necessary attention to the matter, but it was recent actions by Jenkins this week that is bringing even more attention towards the issue.

Instead of speaking to reporters the other day with words, Jenkins used signs he created with messages such as “You’re Not Listening” to show Trump and everyone else that he wouldn’t go down without a fight.

Agree with him or not, this is just one of many examples of the kind of leader Jenkins has been over the years for the Eagles, and there’s no question the defense wouldn’t be the same if he wasn’t part of the picture. Thanks to Jenkins, Philadelphia’s defense was dominant enough last season to help the organization bring home their first Super Bowl title, which fans will always cherish.

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Heading into his fifth season with the Eagles, expectations haven’t been this high for Jenkins and the defense in a long time. Only time will tell when it comes to whether Philadelphia’s defense has what it takes to live up to the hype, but no matter what, at least the team will always feel confident about Jenkins continuing to lead the way, both on and off the football field.