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April 26, 2012 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 19, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
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?"
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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  
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October 20, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
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.
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December 24, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 19, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 29, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 19, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham's locker is next to Fletcher Cox's locker. Cox said the two never discuss the link that defines the way both are viewed in Philadelphia, as former first-round picks so coveted that the Eagles traded up in the draft to get them. But it's an inescapable label. And it's one both have lived up to in recent games. A defensive end, Graham was the No. 13 overall selection in 2010. Cox, a defensive tackle, went 12th in 2012. They are the two highest picks the Eagles have made since 2000.
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December 8, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fletcher Cox was a full participant in Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday with a tailbone injury. It was an injury that occurred two weeks ago and reemerged in last week's game. "It was a little sore [Wednesday], I tried to go out on it, a lot of pain," Cox said. "They strengthened it a little bit. The trainers did their job. " The rookie defensive tackle does not anticipate that the injury will hinder him for the rest of the season, and he expects to be fine for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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May 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
At this time last year, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks were promising rookies brought in to upgrade an underachieving Eagles defense. Second-round pick Kendricks was a starter at outside linebacker from his first practice. First-rounder Cox found a spot in the crowded defensive line rotation. Their coordinator was dismissed during their rookie season and coach Andy Reid was gone at the end. A whole new system is in place for their second season, but what remains are the team's plans for Cox and Kendricks, two cornerstones for the defense going forward.
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May 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
One hour before the draft Thursday, fans who attended the Eagles' draft party serenaded coach Chip Kelly with chants of "Do the deal!" They were in reference to the Eagles' aggressive pursuit of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, which ended unfulfilled. The dream died less than 20 minutes into the draft, when the Tennessee Titans rejected the Eagles and selected Mariota with the second overall pick. Kelly had said he would not mortgage the team's future for one player, and said the Eagles did not offer any players in trade discussions.
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May 2, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Sam Bradford is still the Eagles' presumptive starting quarterback. It is worth reminding everyone of that fact in the wake of what happened Thursday night - that whirlwind of speculation and source-speak before the NFL draft that indicated just how much Chip Kelly wanted Marcus Mariota and how far he was willing to go to get him. Two first-round picks, a third-round pick, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Boykin, Mychal Kendricks, and more? As reported by the NFL Network, that offer was perhaps the most generous that Kelly and the Eagles made to the Tennessee Titans, in the hope that the Titans would hand over the No. 2 pick and the opportunity to select Kelly's ideal quarterback.
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May 1, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
SAM BRADFORD still is an Eagle. So are Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox and Brandon Boykin and Dave Spadaro and Howie Roseman and everyone and everything else Chip Kelly reportedly dangled in front of the Tennessee Titans in his dogged but unsuccessful attempt to be reunited with Marcus Mariota.  When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stepped to the podium in Chicago's Auditorium Theatre last evening at 8:19 EDT and announced that the Titans had...
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May 1, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
ON MOST DAYS of the year, the following analogy might be too convoluted and abstract to make any sort of sense, but today is the first day of the NFL draft, and the great thing about the NFL draft is that you can say pretty much anything you want about it without fear of sounding nonsensical, because somebody will always sound more nonsensical than you. So . . . A thought experiment: Add Robert Griffin III to last year's Eagles team, but take...
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April 30, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Joe Banner sat in enough NFL draft rooms to know that anything can happen. He also sat in enough NFL draft rooms to know that it usually doesn't. The former Eagles president, who still acts as an NFL consultant while enjoying a much-less-stressful life, described the typical draft room as being a lot like sitting in front of your own family-room, big-screen TV as each selection is made. His point is that the groundwork is done by the time the draft arrives. The discussions and debates are usually over.
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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  
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April 29, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
What they have: If NovaCare sports science is all it's cracked up to be, the Eagles have no needs here, with Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Najee Goode all returning. But every one of those guys suffered a serious injury last season, and somehow, Kendricks' name keeps popping up in trade rumors. Kendricks hardly helped put that speculation to rest by skipping the first optional OTAs. He ended last season as a rising star, probably the Birds' second-best defensive player, behind Fletcher Cox, but at 5-11, 240, Kendricks is yet another Andy Reid-era draftee who probably would not have fit the Chip Kelly regime size criteria, so . . . What they need: Depends on who all stays healthy and whether Kendricks actually gets traded.
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April 29, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 29, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
WE ARE NEARING the end of "The Silly Season. " I, for one, am going to miss it. Those aren't my words, by the way - "The Silly Season. " They are Chip Kelly's, uttered during the NFL owners' meetings, and I couldn't agree with him more. The final play of the Super Bowl to NFL draft day once was a time of peace. That is long gone, especially in places where baseball is not played or played badly, where the professional basketball team offers only entry-level jobs, where the Stanley Cup has become a historical footnote.
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April 1, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES gained some cap room yesterday by restructuring and extending inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans' contract through 2016, a move that indicates the return of the team's defensive leader from Achilles' surgery is going well. They also touched off a wave of speculation over the future of the other 2014 starting inside linebacker, Mychal Kendricks. A source close to the situation said Ryans, who was entering the final year of his original deal, will get up to $10.5 million over the next two seasons, with $6.25 million guaranteed.
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