The Eagles’ captains for 2019 will be exactly the same as they were a year ago.
The team announced Thursday that Carson Wentz, Jason Kelce, Malcolm Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, and Kamu Grugier-Hill would all be returning to the helm. All five players were selected by their teammates, and coach Doug Pederson will pick a sixth captain before each game.
Wentz and Jenkins are tied for the most stars underneath the "C" on their jersey with three years experience each. Kelce, Cox, and Grugier-Hill are all going into their second season.
Grugier-Hill is expected to assume a bigger role in the linebacking corps with Jordan Hicks now in Arizona, and he was a contributor on special teams during his first three seasons. He’ll have to wait to take the field, though, as he’s nursing a Grade 3 MCL sprain. Grugier-Hill suffered the injury in a live tackling session during training camp.
“I’m excited for these guys, because this is voted on by the players,” Pederson said in a team release. “This is not hand-selected by me. This is who the team selected. They view these guys, as do I, in high regard.
“The role of a captain is to show leadership on and off the football field. The obvious role, from a public standpoint, is to represent the team for the opening coin toss. It’s also the team’s leadership group and they are the ones that are leading the charge, so to speak, not only during the week, but on game day. We have a veteran group here that has been together for some time, and I know they’re going to do a great job.”