I think the Eagles made an excellent move by signing free agent safety Rodney McLeod. I’m confident that he’s going to come in here and do a good job of working with Malcolm Jenkins. All I had to do was listen to former Eagles offensive tackle Barrett Brooks on Comcast’s morning show “Breakfast On Broad”.
Brooks talked about his recent conversation with Eagles Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins. The leader of the Birds defense let it be known to Brooks that he had met and gotten to know McLeod. Jenkins said he had all the world of confidence in McLeod and was going to be able to focus on his job and his job alone because he knew McLeod would be on top of his job.
He knew when he looked for McLeod over the middle, that the little guy would be there.
There were more assurances that McLeod is going to be a big plus for the Birds defense. Former Eagles safety Quinton Mikell, who now works for the Eagles as Director of Player Engagement, enthusiastically gave his endorsement of McLeod.
“When he was a younger guy he was just flying around and just throwing his shoulder or throwing his head and hitting everybody,” said Mikell. “Well, now he’s doing the same thing, but he’s flying in and making tackles. He’s flying in and making plays on the ball. He’s put two and two together.”
“From Day 1 he will make an impression on this defense,” said Mikell. “I can’t say that about everyone that’s been here. There were guys that had little bits and pieces, but they didn’t have that fire. They didn’t have that dog in him.
“Now Malcolm has it. And, I know, Rod has it.”
He’s a hitter, who will come up and pound receivers.
McLeod is undersized and he doesn’t have the 4.4 speed, but he’s tough, smart and diligent about being prepared for each game. The young man is a pro and that gives me confidence in him.