Philadelphia Eagles 3-4 defensive end Fletcher Cox is a talented interior pass rusher who can push the pocket, and he had a string of about five or so very impressive performances in the middle of the 2013 season. Consistency is key for the former 12th overall pick, as Cox drew blanks as a pass rusher in do-or-die games against the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, and he could also stand to do a better job in run defense. That said, he has a combined 80 tackles and 8.5 sacks in his first two seasons, and the Eagles sound excited for third-year improvements that are common around the league.
According to the Eagles official Twitter account, Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis said this of Cox, “Fletcher Cox is one of those rare linemen that can play in any scheme. We’re really excited about Fletcher.”
Cox can certainly succeed as either a 3-4 DE or 4-3 DT, and he has plenty of familiarity with the coaching staff and defensive scheme. With Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton, and Vinny Curry surrounding him, the Eagles have one of the league’s most underrated three-man fronts. These guys are all capable starters, and Thornton is a borderline-elite run defender. Don’t be fooled by Cox’s three sacks last season, the man is a monster on the inside, and he should clip five sacks next year with some explosive pressure to add to it.