Fletcher Cox

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Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox
Cox with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013
No. 91 Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-12-13) December 13, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth: Cicero, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Yazoo City (MS)
College: Mississippi State
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Total tackles: 255
Sacks: 28.5
Pass deflections: 9
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 6
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Fletcher Cox (born December 13, 1990) is an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted 12th overall by the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.

College career[edit]

Cox attended Yazoo City High School in Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he played football and basketball and ran track.[1] Cox played three seasons at Mississippi State University. In football, Cox was named an All-American by Pro Football Weekly as a junior in 2011, after totalling 103 total tackles, including 11 quarterback sacks and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.[2] As a senior, he had 104 total tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks, and also added one interception and a fumble recovery. He was selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game.[3]

He was also on the Yazoo High track & field team, where he competed in the high jump and in the relays. At the 2009 Division 3-4A Meet, he placed 8th in the high jump event, with a leap of 1.74 meters.[4] In relays, he had personal-best times of 44.32 seconds in the 4 × 100m relay and 1:32.63 minutes in the 4 × 200m relay.[5] He was also credited with a 4.47 time in the 40-yard dash, and benched 300 lb.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by national recruiting web site Rivals.com, he was rated as the No. 5 weak side defensive end in the country, and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Mississippi. He was also considered the No. 17 defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com. He chose to attend MSU over scholarship offers from LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 298 lb 34½ in 10 in 4.77 s 1.65 s 2.65 s 4.53 s 7.07 s 26.0 in 9 ft 0 in 30 reps
All values from NFL combine

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up from the 15th selection to pick Cox 12th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.[7] He is the highest selected Mississippi State Bulldog since Michael Haddix in 1983, and the highest selected Bulldog defensive lineman since Jimmy Webb in 1975. Cox was signed to a four-year contract on June 18, 2012.[8]

2012[edit]

On October 14, 2012, Cox was ejected after throwing punches against Detroit Lions players, and was fined $21,000.[9] During his rookie year in 2012, Cox played 15 games and finished with 39 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble.

2013[edit]

With the Eagles switching to a 3-4 type defense in 2013, Cox played defensive end. In 2013, Cox started all 16 games and finished with 44 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 passes defended, and 1 fumble recovery. The Eagles finished the season with a 10-6 record to clinch the NFC East, but lost to the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round by a score of 26-24.

2014[edit]

The 2014 season was a breakout year for Cox, acquiring 61 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries and 5 run stuffs in 16 games. His presence along the Eagles defensive line led to league-wide recognition and Second-team All-Pro honors.

2015[edit]

On April 27, 2015, The Eagles picked up his 5th year option, keeping him with the team through the 2016 season.[10] In a matchup against the Saints in week 5 of the 2015 season, Cox recorded 3.0 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. These matched his season total from 2014 in sacks (4.0) and his career total from 2012-2014 in forced fumbles (2) within only 5 games.

Cox finished the 2015 season with 71 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 2 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles. For his efforts, Cox received Second-team All-Pro honors and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. He also received the Ed Block Courage Award. [11] He was ranked 49th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[12]

2016[edit]

On June 13, 2016, Cox signed a 6-year extension worth $103 million with $63 million guaranteed.[13] As a result of a successful 2016 season, Cox was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

Career stats[edit]

Season Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Comb Solo Asst Sack Sfty PD Int TD Yds Avg Lng FF FR Yds TD
2012 PHI 15 9 39 32 7 5.5 0 4 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0
2013 PHI 16 16 41 29 12 3.0 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 3 0
2014 PHI 16 16 61 48 13 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 3 21 1
2015 PHI 16 16 71 50 21 9.5 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 3 2 0 0
Career 63 57 212 159 53 22.0 0 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 5 6 24 1


Awards[edit]

  • NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September 2016

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