Fletcher Cox is one of the game’s best at his position but after a challenging 2019 season, there’s more riding on 2020 than some Eagles fans realize.
Ladies and gentlemen, from a fan’s standpoint, Fletcher Cox has done just about everything that has been asked of him since the Philadelphia Eagles made him the 12th-overall selection in 2012’s NFL Draft. Taking someone that high in any selection meeting means there are certain expectations that come along.
He was supposed to become one of the game’s best at his position. We can all put a check in that box. After making the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team in 2012, he’s made every Pro Bowl roster between 2015 and 2019.
Drafting a highly-touted defensive tackle 12th-overall means he’s expected to be one of the best players on the defense and stabilize the interior of the line for years to come. In 132 career games with 126 starts (that includes the playoffs), Cox has racked up 392 tackles, 49 sacks, 13 pass breakups, and 12 forced fumbles. It appears that we can place a checkmark in that box as well.
Though they’ve already been written off by some, the Eagles have high expectations for themselves in 2020. If they expect to win consecutive division titles, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since these same Eagles did so from 2001 to 2004, more will be expected from Mr. Cox during the 2020-2021 season.
Here are three reasons why that’s the case.