By Ari Meirov
The Saints travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles on Sunday in a game that will feature Jalen Hurts and Taysom Hill.
The Eagles will also see an old friend on the opposing sideline.
Malcolm Jenkins returns to Philadelphia for the first time since they declined his team option and let him walk in free agency.
Jenkins was a three-time Pro Bowler and won a Super Bowl with the Eagles. He had 515 tackles, 11 interceptions, 58 pass breakups and 12 forced fumbles during his six years with the team. He was their leader on and off the field but he still feels like he was undervalued:
“I gave everything I had to the city, to the team,” Jenkins said, via Zach Berman of The Athletic. “Did everything the coaches asked me to do, did everything to make the players around me better, try to put my best football out there. And it just wasn’t valued that much by those who make the decisions. For me, it was just more of a principle about respect. I really didn’t care what the money was. But I wanted to see what the respect factor was. And it wasn’t valued what I thought. And so decisions are made. And I ended up at a place that values what I bring.”
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz spoke about Jenkins on Tuesday and only had nice things to say.
“He was so efficient at doing his job that if he made a mistake it was like once a year,” Schwartz said. “Other players will make a couple mistakes a game. (He did) very, very, very rarely. If he did, it was like, ‘News flash’ that he had a missed assignment or wasn’t in the right spot. He was just that player that always did the right thing.”
Jenkins has played well this season for the Saints. He has two interceptions, two sacks, four tackles for loss and 62 total tackles. As a unit, the Saints are the No. 1 defense in the NFL.
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