Jenkins was consummate teammate with Eagles

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Jenkins was consummate teammate with Eagles

When the Eagles brought him to Philadelphia in 2011, Cullen Jenkins was supposed to be missing link along the defensive interior that would stabilize the run defense, help collapse the pocket and make quarterbacks feel uncomfortable. While Jenkins showed flashes of being just that over his two-year stay with the team, he never quite found that consistent groove the the Eagles were hoping for on the field.

Off the field, you wont find a better human being. With his quiet demeanor, Jenkins treated everyone he encountered -- both in the locker rom and out of it -- with respect. He was one of the few real, stand-up guys who would always appear at his locker and answers endless questions from the media, no matter how bleak the situation.

When I went to his home on Tuesday to interview him after he was released, Jenkins alluded to how his verbal confrontation on the sideline with Andy Reid last preseason was blown out of proportion. He admitted that, even now, the unfortunate incident still bothered him. He’s never wanted to be viewed as a confrontational or disrespectful player.  

With the Eagles committing to a new head coach and going with younger players, the 32-year-old Jenkins knew the writing was on the wall. He made too much money and had to be one of the cap casualties for a franchise looking to free up dollars in order to move in a different direction. Jenkins holds no animosity toward the Eagles organization and wishes his now-former team all the best in the future. He will bounce back with another team, hoping to put himself in a position to reach another Super Bowl before his career ends.

Jenkins leaves the same way he arrived -- with class and dignity. Before we ended our conversation, he told me he feels as responsible as anyone on that 2012 squad for the team's failure. Jenkins didn’t keep up his end of the deal over two years. He had to go, and he knows it.

But that’s Cullen Jenkins for you. He never pointed fingers, never threw a teammate under the bus. He was and always will be the consummate teammate.

Dario Saric finally has a bad game

Dario Saric finally has a bad game

Perhaps it was a good indication that yesterday wasn't going to be the Sixers' day when Sacramento improbably battled back from 18 down for a stunning upset of the Clippers in L.A., then Kentucky bowed at the last second to UNC, eliminating the final couple elite prospects coveted by Sixers fans from the NCAA Final Four. Indeed, the Sixers all but no-showed against the Pacers in Indiana last night, seemingly unable to convert any jumper beyond three feet (and certainly none behind the three-point line until Sergio Rodriguez went nuts), allowing the Pacers to pull away in the third quarter for a 107-94 victory. 

Which is fine, of course: The Sixers need losses at this time of the year, especially if the Kings are gonna be little punks and insist on still winning a game every couple weeks. This one was kind of a bummer, though, because it was the first bad Dario Saric game since the All-Star break -- not just bad by his standards, but pretty roundly bad in general, as he scored nine points on 3-15 shooting, with four turnovers and just a single assist. (He did grab ten boards at least, and played some pretty decent D on former Sixer great Thaddeus Young, who went 0-7 on the night, so at least it wasn't a total wash.) 

Still, the nine points breaks Dario's 22-game streak of scoring in double digits, dating back to early February. Since then, he's averaged 19.2 PPG / 7.7 RPG / 3..4 APG and shot 46.5% from the field, cementing his Rookie of the Year candidacy as legit. It's been an incredible run that's continued to make the Sixers must-see tankavision, including his career-high 32 against Chicago just a game earlier -- and no reason to think he won't pick it right back up tomorrow night against the Nets in Brooklyn. Before then, let's take a moment to marvel at how consistent Dario turned just halfway through his rookie season -- without no double-digit streak longer than five prior to going 22 straight -- and how lucky we've been to have him in our leaves in this otherwise historically dour stretch of post-Process hoops.

Love is in the air: Zach Ertz gets married, Najee Goode gets engaged

Love is in the air: Zach Ertz gets married, Najee Goode gets engaged

Love is in the air.
 
Over the weekend wedding bells were ringing for two members of the Philadelphia Eagles as Zach Ertz married his fiancé (and World Cup champion) Julie Johnston, and Najee Goode got engaged to his girlfriend Jasmine Chanae.
 
Congratulations all around! Here are a few photos from this weekend from the social media accounts of Ertz and Chanae.

Today is THE day!! So Blessed to be able to marry my best friend!! @juliejohnston2 📸: @brittrenephoto

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Creating our own Happily Ever After. 💞💍💎💫

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