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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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September 15, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Chuck Bednarik stood over Frank Gifford, Reggie White wore a halo around his head, Jeremiah Trotter swung an ax, Brian Dawkins flexed his biceps - and then there was Fletcher Cox. The Eagles created a mural for a video the team released last week, showing it in the final cutaway during the closing credits. The mural featured the great defenders in franchise history, names that have become synonymous with defense in Philadelphia. And Cox, who is only 25 years old and in his fifth NFL season, was included in the group.
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June 15, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
THE EAGLES adjourned until training camp last Thursday with one major piece of business left hanging. They took care of it Monday evening, when the team announced agreement with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox on a six-year contract. The Eagles provided no details, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported it was for $103 million, with a $63 million guarantee. That's the biggest guarantee in NFL history for anyone who isn't a quarterback, but it's pretty much where observers expected the deal to land.
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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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December 17, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
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.
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October 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 15, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Chuck Bednarik stood over Frank Gifford, Reggie White wore a halo around his head, Jeremiah Trotter swung an ax, Brian Dawkins flexed his biceps - and then there was Fletcher Cox. The Eagles created a mural for a video the team released last week, showing it in the final cutaway during the closing credits. The mural featured the great defenders in franchise history, names that have become synonymous with defense in Philadelphia. And Cox, who is only 25 years old and in his fifth NFL season, was included in the group.
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September 13, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
With so much attention for the debut of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the defense under new coordinator Jim Schwartz also hit the ground running in the season opener on Sunday. Granted, the Eagles faced a Cleveland offense won't be confused with the elite of the NFL, but there were still many positives defensively in the 29-10 win over the Browns at Lincoln Financial Field. Besides holding Cleveland to 10 points, including three in the second half, the Eagles limited the Browns to 288 yards.
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September 9, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
The final price tag for Carson Wentz is rather remarkable when you look at it from the big picture: Sam Bradford, Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, a first-round selection in 2017, a second-round selection in 2018, a third-round selection in 2016 and $10.3 million in dead salary-cap space (for the Bradford and Maxwell contracts). If you figure that the value of the two other first-round picks involved in the maneuvering cancels each other out (the 2017 first-rounder they acquired from the Vikings for Bradford, and the opportunity cost of the No. 15 pick in the 2016 draft, which ultimately became Wentz)
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September 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
As Brandon Graham walked from the visitors' locker room to the bus following the third preseason game at Indianapolis a few weeks back, Graham wanted to make a point about the Eagles' embrace of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's system. "This defense is built for us. The people that's here, the personnel, and that's good . . . You don't have to have a down year to get the personnel here," Graham said. "For us, we've just been licking our chops and happy to be back into this type of defense.
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September 1, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
On the final day of the 2014 NFL draft, the Eagles selected two defensive linemen who were supposed to be ideal fits for Chip Kelly's preferred defensive scheme. Beau Allen and Taylor Hart have been reserves the last two seasons, with the body types and playing styles that former defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro desired for their positions. They were roommates as rookies and have been linked ever since - even sharing the unknown of converting to a new scheme this summer. Two years after Allen and Hart came to Philadelphia, Kelly and Azzinaro are in San Francisco and the Eagles changed to a 4-3, attacking defense.
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August 31, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
Who is the Eagles' second-best player? Just thought it was worth posing, since there is no right or wrong answer. But on most teams, or at least most teams that seem to be thinking they have legitimate playoff possibilities, wouldn't that tend to be more of a slam dunk? Apparently not. And that's what intrigues me. Or maybe I just have to get more of a life. Anyway, I don't know exactly what this says or means about the team and/or the collection of talent that's been assembled in South Philly.
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August 16, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
OVER THE last three seasons, the Eagles' defense was on the field for a total of 3,411 snaps. That's 71 snaps per game, which - surprise, surprise - was far and away the most in the NFL over that period. Connor Barwin was on the field for most of them. As an outside linebacker in Billy Davis' two-gap, 3-4 scheme, he played 3,189 of those 3,411 snaps, or 93.5 percent. And lived to tell about it. Not only lived to tell about it, but played pretty damn well. Had 21 1/2 sacks the last two years and was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2014.
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August 13, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
It took three drives until a wandering eye caught Jim Schwartz doing Jim Schwartz things after the Eagles defense allowed the Buccaneers to march down the field and score a touchdown. He grimaced. Gave an annoyed stare. Shook his head. Crossed his arms. And said something into his headset that likely involved a healthy dose of four-letter words. Football is back. And Schwartz, after a year off, is back coaching. If the hope heading into Doug Pederson's first season as coach was that Schwartz's defense would be the unit the Eagles could hang their helmets on and rely on to compensate for the offense's deficiencies, the preseason opener did nothing to alter that expectation.
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August 12, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WASN'T a disaster. The bus didn't catch fire. Nobody missed the game. Plays were called, and run; there was not a single delay-of-game penalty. Maybe Doug Pederson really is more a Mike Holmgren disciple than an Andy Reid guy. Pederson, of course, played under Holmgren and Reid in Green Bay, followed Reid to Philadelphia in 1999 to hold a place for Donovan McNabb, eventually retired, became a high school coach, an Eagles low-level assistant under Reid before ascending to quarterbacks coach, then was part of the Reid exodus to Kansas City as offensive coordinator before the Eagles hired him in January to replace Chip Kelly.
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August 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
C hris Wilson has scraped and primed the walls, but the new defensive line coach for the Eagles has just begun to paint. Wilson is teaching not only a new scheme, one that is the opposite of predecessor Jerry Azzinaro's 3-4 base front, he's changing the defensive line's mentality from reactive to aggressive. He's had to strip the players down and build them back up. And that takes time. That takes repetition. "When you're going to change mentality, you change foundations," Wilson said on Monday.
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