PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The NFL is emphasizing illegal contact and defensive holding and it’s showing in the preseason. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins talked about adjusting to the new rules on Monday.
“The whole league is trying to get used to these new rules, but I think as physical as we play in our secondary with man-to-man and things like that, we really gotta be conscience at where we put our hands and how far down field we are,” Jenkins told Rob Ellis and Ray Didinger on 94WIP Afternoons. “Because even if they don’t call it as much during the season, they’re still going to call it and you don’t want it to come and inopportune times.”
Flags have been abundant across the NFL during the preseason. In fact, the Eagles have been penalized 19 times for 175 yards in just two preseason games, but Jenkins says there’s no point in complaining about it.
“We could all put up our arguments and be mad and say it’s BS, or whatever, but at the end of the day this is how it’s going to be called,” Jenkins said. “So, we now have to play within the rules. So the way we practice, we have to make a conscience effort not to do it in practice so that just like the habits that we’ve had our entire lives to do this with your instincts, you can create new habits. It’s just gotta be repetitions and a conscience focus on it.”
“I don’t think you have to change your entire technique,” Jenkins continued. “So, if you’re talking press technique, you’re doing all your work within the five yards that you’re given. And once you pass five yards, you just have to go cover.”
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