The Philadelphia Eagles may have defeated their opponent — the Green Bay Packers — last Sunday night, but the win, unfortunately, came with a critical loss.
Star safety CJ Gardner-Johnson suffered a lacerated kidney after a collision with Packers’ receiver Christian Watson late in the first quarter. The Eagles will, unfortunately, be without one of their premier playmakers — who happens to lead the NFL in interceptions.
Gardner-Johnson is out indefinitely, and Philadelphia now finds itself with a hole in their secondary. While undrafted rookie Reed Blankenship played far above expectations in place of CJGJ, it would be premature to suggest that the team will not need reinforcements. A veteran who could even be familiar with the organization, perhaps?
With a need at safety, is it time for the Philadelphia Eagles to reunite with Malcolm Jenkins?
Last Wednesday, Jenkins joined NBC Sports John Clark on the latter’s podcast “Takeoff with John Clark” and spoke about his current conditioning and the potential for a return. According to Jenkins, he’s in shape and able to play in spurts — assumingly under the right circumstances.
Jenkins seems to be ready to go, and as far as finding the right situation, one would be hard-pressed to find a better situation than with the 10-1 Eagles. The 34-year-old safety spent six of his best seasons with Philadelphia winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2018. He would have the chance to repeat the lofty accomplishment by joining the favorites to win the NFC.
The Philadelphia Eagles will have to make some adjustment to their secondary, and general manager Howie Roseman has certainly been aggressive this season.