EAGLES HAVE STUD SAFETIES 1ST TIME SINCE B-DAWK WALKED!

By Peter Gleason

For the first time since the bubbleheaded Eagles let Brian Dawkins walk in February 2009, the safety position is coming up big.

For each of the past two seasons, no player has logged more total snaps than Malcolm Jenkins, the recipient of a contract extension this offseason.

Amid a busy few months in Philly, the team also signed free-agent Rodney McLeod (above) to a five-year deal. McLeod ranked third in the NFL in total snaps last season, as he played 99.6 percent of the snaps for the Rams.

McLeod has excellent sideline-to-sideline range as a center fielder. Jenkins, a former cornerback, has instincts and route recognition, in addition to good size.

Quietly, these two have emerged as very good players at a critical position as NFL defenses work to slow down the ever-evolving tight end position.

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