Malcolm Jenkins on Donald Trump, potential first-round running backs and more Philadelphia Eagles news
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links take a look at a thoughtful discussion of politics, running backs who could be first-round picks for the Birds and more.
Defensive back Malcolm Jenkins has consistently been one of the Eagles’ loudest voices when it comes to politics and activism, from his protest before a Monday Night Football game in September to his subsequent comments. This week, Jenkins continued to speak his mind.
The veteran appeared on The Ringer NFL Show with Kevin Clark to discuss “how his outspokenness has been handled by the Eagles and how the new Trump administration could affect the NFL.”
The interview is wide-ranging and Jenkins is thoughtful, per usual.
Here’s an excerpt The Ringer posted after Clark if Jenkins would join a team whose owner supports President Donald Trump:
“I mean, business is business. It’s kind of a trend right now that, ‘If you don’t agree with [my] philosophy, I cannot support or I can’t even sit in the same room with you.’ I think that’s a bad precedent to set. But I will not go to a team that will not allow me to use my voice and use my right to free speech. That I will not do. If you had somebody who is forcing their will and their status upon you to suppress you, then that’s totally different. And so far, we haven’t heard any of that or haven’t had any hard evidence, but just like I know I might not support this president, I can’t knock other people who do. What I can do is sit down and talk and listen to why they do and what concerns they have and vice versa.”
Then, of course, there’s the NFL draft. The Eagles have mostly been linked to wide receivers and cornerbacks in mock drafts and in reported pre-draft visits. But running back — a position of need, albeit not as glaring — has been cropping up in the Eagles news more recently. Florida State running back Dalvin Cook went on WIP and said he had been hearing from the Birds. Other reports keep linking the Eagles to Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey at No. 14. Given the dire needs the Eagles have, it would be a bit of a surprise or upset for Howie Roseman and company to go that way, but the NFL draft can be an unpredictable, fickle beast.
Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s Eagles news: