Cox Ready To CompeteBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Despite Philadelphia being almost 1,200 miles away from his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is eager to start training camp next month. With his contract signed, sealed, and delivered, Cox is ready to become an integral part of Jim Washburn’s defensive line.
“My mindset is going in and just doing what I’m coached to do, what coach Washburn wants me to do, and that’s play hard and be relentless,” Cox said during a conference call Monday.
The Eagles traded up three spots in order to draft Cox at No. 12 overall. After recording 56 tackles and 5 sacks, which earned him a spot on the All-SEC first team, the former Mississippi State star is anxious to compete for a starting spot on the Eagles’ defensive line.
“That’s basically what football is all about, competing, and I’m always up for competition,” Cox said.
Although Cox is ecstatic about becoming a Philadelphia Eagle, the death of his cousin and close friend in a car accident last week has definitely made this moment bittersweet.
“Dealing with the death in my family was a really bad time for me, and I kind of struggled a little bit,” Cox said. “To get the contract signed is just a blessing. Melvin is in a better place right now and he’ll be watching down on me on Sundays and every day, even during practice, he’ll be looking down on me. He would’ve wanted nothing but the best.”
In the midst of such a difficult family tragedy, Cox is glad that negotiating his contract was so easy. “With the new CBA, it makes a lot of stuff easy and helps us get this out the way. I know my agent did a great job of negotiating. I think he did a good job in getting it out of the way so I can play football.”
With the signing of Fletcher Cox on Monday, Philadelphia has successfully signed all nine of their draft picks. I’m very confident in the rookie defensive tackle, and his willingness to sign a contract instead of pulling a Danny Watkins makes me even more optimistic about his potential contribution to this team. Just another piece in place that could help the Eagles reach the Promised Land.
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