April 26, 2012 |
Who: Fletcher Cox What: Eagles' first-round pick, 12th overall Born: Dec. 13, 1990 (age 21) Hometown: Yazoo City, Miss. College: Mississippi State Position: Defensive Tackle Size: 6-4/298 pounds High school career: Rated as one the top 100 players in the country by Rivals.com in 2008, Cox was also considered the second-best defensive player in the state of Mississippi his senior year. Cox ran a 4.47 40-yard dash in high school and also was on the sprint team at Yazoo City High.
November 19, 2013 |
VERY LITTLE about the business that is the National Football League is sensible or orderly anymore. "Any given Sunday" has given way to "any given 5 minutes. " It is about moments now, and about the final moments most of all. Most games in the NFL are won by an offense driving furiously, and a defense hanging on by its fingernails, and by somebody making a play in the final seconds. One play. The reason the Eagles are 6-5 and in first place in the NFC East is because of a single play at the end: Brandon Boykin intercepting a lollipop in the end zone thrown by Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, a ball that was in the air for so long that Boykin said he had time to wonder, "Is this real life?"
April 29, 2015
THE EAGLES protected their 2016 rights to Fletcher Cox yesterday when they picked up the defensive end's fifth-year option under his rookie contract. The option doesn't mean the team can't come to agreement with Cox on a longer-term extension. It does mean Cox can't become a free agent before 2017. Cox, 24, whom the Eagles drafted 12th overall in 2012, led the defensive line with 70 tackles last season. He was the team's most disruptive defensive player in 2014. - Les Bowen
October 20, 2013 |
EXCEPT FOR owning a share of first place in the NFC East after 6 weeks, this season did not start the way Fletcher Cox hoped it would have. After 4 weeks, the Eagles were 1-3 with a defensive unit that struggled week after week. Following a beating from Peyton Manning and the Broncos, some observers began to point fingers, specifically at a struggling defensive end learning the Eagles' new 3-4 defensive scheme a year after arriving as the 12th overall pick in the NFL draft. "I don't know what's wrong with Fletcher Cox," NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said before to the Eagles' Week 5 win over the Giants.
December 24, 2012 |
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sustained a concussion in the Birds' 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, making the rookie first-round pick the fourth Eagles starter to suffer the injury this season. Quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Brent Celek have all missed games this season with concussions. There was no word on Cox's status for Sunday's game at the New York Giants, and the Eagles put their players through a rigorous five-step concussion-recovery process.
June 19, 2012 |
A week ago, Fletcher Cox was attending the funeral of his 21-year-old cousin, one of his closest friends. On Monday, the defensive tackle signed his first NFL contract. The Eagles and their top pick agreed to terms on a four-year contract, the team said. All nine of the Eagles' draft picks are under contract with more than a month to spare until the start of training camp. Cox, 21, missed two days of minicamp last week to return to his native Yazoo City, Miss., after his cousin, Melvin Baker, was killed in a car accident.
October 13, 2015 |
There isn't a better defensive lineman in the NFL than J.J. Watt. But there may not be a better system defensive lineman than Fletcher Cox. The use of the word system isn't meant to suggest that Cox's success is a product of the Eagles' scheme. It's actually to the contrary. Cox plays in a defense in which individual glory, particularly for defensive linemen, is secondary to team objectives. The system may have snakebitten him in the past in terms of putting up high sack numbers or garnering individual recognition from those outside Philadelphia, but Cox is far too talented to not occasionally have performances like the one he delivered on Sunday.
December 17, 2015 |
SELECTIONS FOR the Pro Bowl will be announced Dec. 22, and the Eagles probably won't dominate the process. In fact, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, egregiously neglected last year, looks to be their only lock. After Cox, maybe safety Malcolm Jenkins gets some love. Punter Donnie Jones probably should go, but probably won't, since his best talent is subtle, being able to drop the ball inside the 20. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin is playing as well as he did last season, when he made it, but Barwin doesn't have the gaudy sack numbers this time, and the Eagles don't have as good a record.
April 29, 2015 |
The Eagles exercised the fifth-year option on Fletcher Cox's contract on Monday, keeping the talented defensive lineman locked up through the 2016 season. Cox, 24, is entering his fourth season in the NFL after the team drafted him in the first round out of Mississippi State in 2012. He made significant progress last year, developing into one of the Eagles' top defensive players. Cox finished with 70 tackles and four sacks in 2014 and earned praise from opposing players and coaches. Cox is due to earn nearly $7,799,000 in 2016, which is the fifth-year option rate for first-round defensive ends drafted outside the top 10, according to CBS Sports.
August 13, 2015 |
There are days, and Tuesday was one of them, when Fletcher Cox wakes with the memory of his brother filling his thoughts, and he knows that Shaddrick Cox will follow him through every step of the day. "He's been on my mind heavy since this morning. It's been a sad day for me," Cox said. "I think about him a lot. " The memory doesn't get in the way of the work, of course, and Fletcher Cox is considered the best player on the strongest unit of the Eagles, but when his older brother and mentor died of a heart attack in January, a little bit of the younger brother went with him. This time of the month, around the date when Shaddrick died and the family gathered in Yazoo City, Miss., for his services, is the most difficult.