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
September 15, 2016 |
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.
June 15, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
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.