Jenkins: Ferguson case affects everyone

Posted: August 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - After watching the televised images of police confronting demonstrators with tear gas and rubber bullets in Ferguson, Mo., Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins took to Twitter.

"As a young black man, I feel lucky that my profile hasn't put me in danger," Jenkins, 26, wrote yesterday morning. "I shouldn't have to feel LUCKY. #MichaelBrown"

Jenkins followed that post with: "This is everyone's problem . . . "

Jenkins said after yesterday's joint workout with the Patriots that he tweeted because he didn't think enough people, inside the Eagles' locker room or out were adequately concerned about the aftermath of Brown's death Saturday in Ferguson at the hands of a police officer.

"My opinion was just that, regardless if the kid was black or white, or whatever, if anybody gets gunned down unarmed by people who are sworn to protect us, then I think everybody should be outraged," Jenkins said. "Whether you're someone who kinda has no opinion about it, it affects you. If you're someone trying to make it a 'black only' issue - it is a black issue - but if you just place it in that bucket, it no longer includes everybody. I really wanted to make everybody aware that, regardless of what race it is, that's important, and that should outrage everyone."

Jenkins said he got plenty of responses.

"You get some people who can see it that way. You get some people who don't agree with you, on both ends of the spectrum," he said. "But I think just to start that dialogue is important. With the platform that I've been given, I think that's a good way to do it."

Have Eagles players discussed Ferguson?

"Not much," Jenkins said. "We just had a conversation about it. That's one of the things I wanted to get out of it, as well, was to really start that conversation, make people aware of it, that it's not just a black thing [in terms of who should be concerned], it's not just a localized thing in that area, but this is a national problem that affects every race and religion."

Less offensive line

As much attention as Nick Foles' two interceptions got in the Eagles' preseason opener last week, equally alarming was the sloppy play of the Birds' vaunted offensive line. Foles was under pressure on both picks, and the first o-line unit took three holding penalties.

"We'd like to execute a lot better on offense," center Jason Kelce said yesterday, looking ahead to tonight's preseason encounter with the New England Patriots. "From a blocking standpoint, we want to make sure we have good communication across the board and are utilizing the techniques, the footwork and the body position, everything that will limit those penalties and make explosive plays happen."

Right tackle Allen Barbre said: "I think every penalty we had [took away] a first down. We just never got really rolling good."

Murder(leg) mystery

Carey "Murderleg" Spear said all those field goals off the tee he missed Wednesday in the rain were "warmups" and didn't really count. The only real chance he got, with both teams on the field, he was short and off to the left on a 55-yarder, nearly impossible in a pelting rain, with wet footing.

Be that as it may, to an outside observer, the undrafted rookie kicker from Vanderbilt has not provided much competition for Alex Henery.

"I think for me right now, the biggest thing is just being more consistent in field goals," Spear said. "Just finding that rhythm . . . that just comes with more experience."

Camp sights

* Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll ran on his own during yesterday's workout. Carroll has a hamstring injury and is not expected to play tonight.

* There was no Chip Kelly rundown of how much each unit is expected to play against New England. A good guess might be a full quarter for the first team, offensively and defensively - unless the first few series go so spectacularly, Kelly decides he's seen enough from those guys.

* How will the 3 days of joint practice affect tonight's game? "It's going to be interesting," rookie nose tackle Beau Allen said yesterday. "Usually, you just see teams on film . . . We've had a chance to practice against 'em all week and kind of feel 'em out a little bit. Hopefully, we'll get to a point in the game where you'll say, 'Oh, I've seen this motion before - I know a run's coming.' Or 'I saw this guy leaning this way in practice all week,' or maybe, 'I hit this move in practice, maybe we can set him up for this during the game.' But it's definitely interesting. It's a different dynamic."


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