The Philadelphia Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins in the 0ffseason to bring stability to the safety position. He is a veteran presence that can get the defense lined up and is as mentally sharp as they come at the position.
Make no mistake, Jenkins will be a heck of an upgrade from the likes of Patrick Chung and Kurt Coleman, inferior players who saw far too much playing time last season. The real question is, who mans the other safety position? Nate Allen was a second-round selection during the Andy Reid regime, and in his four years in the league has yet to establish himself as anything more than average.
Allen has the physical tools. He’s a solidly built safety with good speed but he has yet to put it all together for some reason. One week he looks like the second coming of Brian Dawkins, the next he is making a critical error down field. Right now Allen is penciled in as the starter at strong safety, but one player to watch is second-year man Earl Wolff.
Wolff, before his injury, showed some real ability as a rookie. He has solid range and isn’t afraid to stick his nose in and thump people. Wolff brings a lot more physicality and instincts to the position than Allen.
I believe it is only a matter of time until Wolff wins the job. If he can stay healthy and build on his rookie season, it should be a no brainer for Eagles defensive coordinator, Billy Davis. Wolff should get the starting nod come opening day.