Jenkins playing with chip on shoulder

The Philadelphia Eagles have lacked a hard-hitting All-Pro safety since Brian Dawkins left via free agency after the 2008 season.

It has been an issue with fans ever since.

And it's a problem which will likely be solved this season.

When Malcolm Jenkins left the New Orleans Saints and signed with the Eagles, it was a major offseason addition.

Through training camp and the preseason, Jenkins' penchant for hitting has been noticeable.

"I definitely have a chip on my shoulder, but my motivation right now is more proving to the players on this team what I can do more than proving that to (the Saints)," Jenkins told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "My urgency is to prove my worth to this team right now, but I definitely have a chip on my shoulder from switching teams."

Jenkins has become a team leader in a relatively short amount of time. Since arriving in Philadelphia, he has soaked in everything and has been thoroughly impressed with his teammates and the organization.

"When I first signed, I wasn't really familiar with the team, and I guess the first wave of information I got was that we were last in the league in pass defense and that our secondary needed so much help," Jenkins told the Inquirer. "But when I got here and got around the guys, the biggest thing I learned and was surprised about was how competitive they were and how talented they were."

With the likes of Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Brandon Boykin, Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, Jenkins believes all the pieces are here to be successful.

"I just felt like right away that I fit in with these guys and that we have a special secondary here," Jenkins told the Inquirer. "I don't have to fix this secondary. All I had to do was come in and be me and add that voice. Everything else will fall into place. I think the talent was already here, and that's what surprised me."