Today will be the first day in a multi-part series of articles that will highlight specific players on the Philadelphia Eagles who need to make an impact and take a step forward in order for the team to have continued success. I will release an article on an impact player each week.
During the 2012 NFL Draft, the Eagles traded up from the 15th pick to the 12th overall selection where they drafted DE Fletcher Cox. Cox spent three seasons at Mississippi State, where he was named All-American following his junior year. As a result, the Eagles felt they were getting a future, perennial Pro-Bowler.
Now two years into Cox’s NFL career, he has failed to show any sort of consistent, dominant play. While he has shown glimpses of his ability to rush the quarterback and stuff running plays, Cox has yet to make any game-changing plays. This will have to change for the 2014 season. Entering year three in the NFL, as well as his second year in Billy Davis’ 3-4 defensive scheme, it is time for Cox to take a giant leap forward. His 8.5 career sacks are not nearly enough, as he should be pushing for a double-digit sack total for this upcoming season.
The Eagles invested a lot in Cox, and to this point they have not been paid in return. However, his career is just getting started, and there was a reason why the Eagles felt they needed to trade up to draft this guy. The ability and work ethic seem to be there. Now it is time for Cox to show it on the field.