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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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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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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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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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August 23, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
AS THE EAGLES' second joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens concluded Thursday, players from both sides went through their respective cool-down routines, with some stretching among teammates and others huddling up with their positional groupings. Shortly after, most of the players headed back into the NovaCare Complex to hit the showers, while others stayed to speak with the media or get some extra work in. Connor Barwin was among the latter, sauntering over to the sideline between the first and second practice fields to work on his explosiveness out of a three-point stance and, frankly, beat the living hell out of a practice dummy.
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August 20, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVERY DAY, every single day at practice, the Eagles' defensive linemen hit the sled. Most NFL teams have their defensive linemen do a certain amount of sled work. But none are as zealous about it as the Eagles and their defensive line coach, Jerry Azzinaro. "The thing you figure out about defensive linemen is they really don't like to hit each other," Azzinaro said. "But they don't mind being violent against sleds. That's why our use of those kinds of apparatuses is so important for us. It allows those guys to be as violent as they would be in a game situation, but not against each other.
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August 19, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Sunday was a good overall day for the Eagles as they opened the exhibition season with a fairly solid and injury-free win over the Indianapolis Colts, but it was also a very good day, specifically, for the 2014 draft class. The last draft controlled by Howie Roseman had some undeniable high points. Receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff were contributors as rookies, as was nose tackle Beau Allen and, to a lesser degree, defensive back Jaylen Watkins. There were gaps among the draftees, however, and none bigger than first-round pick Marcus Smith, who became the poster boy of what was portrayed as a failure of the previous player-personnel department.
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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 9, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
NORMALLY, I am a big fan of the show "First Take" on ESPN2. You might wonder how I can watch a show that airs from 10 a.m. to noon, given my work schedule. The answer is that it is replayed late at night, and I often watch it before I go to bed. This past Monday, I was in Los Angeles watching the late-night replay when I heard Stephen A. Smith, whom I know very well and like, go on a rant about Brandon Boykin's statement concerning Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Stephen A. went almost as far as calling Chip a racist before he finally backed down.
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August 3, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In June, Brandon Boykin said he had grown tired of the annual story about his underdog chances to start outside at cornerback for the Eagles. "It's getting real old for me," he said. That story is now old news after the Eagles traded Boykin to the Steelers for a 2016 conditional fifth-round draft pick on Saturday. The pick could become a fourth-rounder depending on Boykin's playing time this season, an NFL source said. He presumably will get a better opportunity to start in Pittsburgh than with the Eagles, with whom his size was viewed as a detriment to playing outside.
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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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