Where does Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins rank among NFL safeties? | CBS Sports analyst weighs in


Malcolm Jenkins is one of the Philadelphia Eagles’ most valuable players.

The veteran safety played every defensive snap last season, leading a secondary that was ravaged by injuries. Jenkins was the lone constant in the Eagles’ secondary throughout last season and he willed his unit to success, despite its lack of experience.

Jenkins will return this season after skipping organized team activities. The veteran safety is looking for a reworked deal and there’s a strong argument to be made that he deserves one.

Jenkins is one of the best safeties in the league. In fact, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin believes the 31-year-old defensive back is a Top 10 player at his position.

Benjamin recently ranked the NFL’s best safeties and placed Jenkins as the No. 7 player on the list.

Here’s his logic behind Jenkins’ spot on the countdown:

“Like [Patriots safety Devin McCourty], he’s been doing it the right way for Super Bowl contenders for a while now. Jenkins’ turnover totals aren’t outrageous, but he’s good in the clutch, solid all-around and maybe the most versatile of this bunch. A model of both leadership and durability, he’s also probably the most underpaid of the group.”

Jenkins produced 97 tackles, a sack, an interception and three forced fumbles last season. He has yet to miss a game since joining the Eagles in 2014. His durability and production are clear indicators of his talent and importance at the position.

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