The Philadelphia Eagles’ best player will have a bounce-back year in 2020.
If you’re an Eagles fan, you’re well aware of the fact that you’ve been watching a Hall-of-Fame career unfold with Fletcher Cox. Taken 12th-overall in the first round 2012’s version of the NFL Draft, Cox has gone on to rack up 392 total tackles, 49 sacks, two defensive touchdowns, 12 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, and 13 pass breakups in an Eagles jersey (if you include the seven postseason games that he’s appeared in).
He’s a member of the 2010s All-Decade Team after earning a Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team nod in 2012, five Pro Bowl nods from 2015 to 2019, three Second-team All-Pro nods in 2014, 2015, and 2017, and a First-team All-Pro nod in 2018.
Occasionally, name recognition and a player’s resume will earn a pass for them from NFL fans, which explains Cox making the Pro Bowl after one of his worst seasons as a professional. Despite racking up 40 tackles in 2019, he only managed 3.5 sacks, his lowest total since his second season in 2013.
Some of that is a direct result of Malik Jackson being injured in Philly’s first game a season ago, which was also versus the Washington Football Team. He’ll be back in 2020. The ‘Birds’ have also added Javon Hargrave. A defensive tackle rotation that includes those three and Hassan Ridgeway ensures a fresh and rested Fletcher Cox in 2020. Expect big things from ’91’ all year long.