2. Fletcher Cox, DT
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has spent most of the summer rehabbing. He missed all of training camp and didn’t return to practice until the week of the Washington game. Cox was able to play against the Redskins in week one, but for the most part, he seemed invisible.
We’re hoping that doesn’t become a trend. After all, we’ve seen a handful of players who returned from surgery last season have slow starts to the year. We like to think that Fletcher Cox is an unstoppable human being, but recovering from surgery is never easy for anybody.
If Cox can step it up a bit this week, Atlanta will have their hands full in the trenches. And if the Eagles can get consistent pressure against Matt Ryan, they will help their secondary out a bunch.
After watching last week’s game, the Eagles defensive backs are going to need all the help they can get from their defensive line because they struggled big time. And unfortunately, the group of wide receivers they face this week won’t be any easier.