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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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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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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 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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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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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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August 13, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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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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August 6, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Two of the Eagles' best players left practice early Thursday. Jason Peters departed with a quadriceps injury, and Malcolm Jenkins went to the locker room with a hamstring injury. The severity of both injuries was not reported. Peters' injury is notable because the left tackle had lingering injuries last season, and he missed two starts. One of those ailments was with his quadriceps, which he said was related to a back injury. Matt Tobin took Peters' place with the first-team offense on Thursday.
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August 5, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Eleven offensive players and 11 defensive players faced one another at the goal line during the Eagles' training camp practice on Wednesday, and they all knew what would come next. "When Coach says, 'Live,' " defensive lineman Fletcher Cox said, "everybody knows you bring your A game or you get run over. " The defensive players did not let up when meeting the ballcarrier, and the offensive linemen were not taking it easy on the defensive linemen rushing toward them. The sound track at practice went from thuds to booms, with the collisions from tackling echoing throughout the Eagles' practice facility.
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August 2, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
STEVE WHARTON stood in the belly of 15th Street station, waiting for the Broad Street Line, wearing a green Eagles jersey and a matching hat. He was among the first Eagles fans to arrive at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday morning, for the Eagles' first open training camp of the year. Fans began to stream into the stadium just after eight o'clock. Wharton was born and raised in northeast Philly. His jersey, number 32, has his last name stitched across his shoulder blades. It used to be a Ricky Watters jersey, he explained, but Watters' final season with the Eagles rubbed him the wrong way. "For who, for what?"
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August 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Columnist
Stefen Wisniewski has started in every NFL game of his career, so the opportunity to work alongside the Eagles' first team offensive line this past week hasn't been unfamiliar. But with starting right guard Brandon Brooks expected to return to the lineup later this week, Wisniewski's midnight hour is fast approaching. Soon he won't be tandem blocking with center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson, nor will he be facing defensive tackles as talented as Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan.
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July 28, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Typically, when a sentence starts, "When I was playing high school football . . .," it draws a blank stare or an eye roll. When Jim Schwartz uttered the phrase on Tuesday, however, he wasn't about to recount the glory days of his youth. The Eagles defensive coordinator was anecdotally illustrating a point about his scheme. "When I was playing high school football, the coach would always say, 'Hey, everybody stay in your lane. Everybody stay in your lane,' " Schwartz said. "Nobody covers a kick that way in the NFL anymore or college football because [if]
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July 20, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor will not face charges for the alleged sexual assault of an exotic dancer at a South Philadelphia strip club last month, prosecutors said Monday. In a two-paragraph statement, District Attorney Seth Williams said: "Our staff and the police reached the conclusion that we lacked sufficient evidence to bring charges against Mr. Agholor. " He offered no further explanation, though spokesman Cameron Kline said later that investigators reviewed video evidence and interviewed witnesses who were at the club the day of the alleged assault, June 9. Agholor's lawyer, Fortunato N. Perri, Jr., said Monday that he believed the District Attorney's Office and Philadelphia police had conducted a "full and exhaustive" investigation.
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