When the Eagles drafted Fletcher Cox with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft, the franchise was extremely patient with the Mississippi State product.
As the main piece in the interior of the Eagle’s defensive line, Fletcher Cox was an anchor as both a run stuffer and pass rusher. Only Aaron Donald was considered better than Fletcher Cox in his prime.
Yet with Cox potentially in his final year in Philadelphia, his expected replacement is already turning heads.
Jordan Davis, like Fletcher Cox, won’t be commanding the most snaps on the defensive line as soon as he walks on the field.
But that doesn’t mean the 13th overall pick isn’t already deserving of first-team reps.
Through the first week of practice, Davis has been running with the 1’s in team drills.
He’s also made a large impact on his current teammates as well.
Already Jordan Davis is making an important impact on the roster. On numerous occasions, he has had reporters and analysts in awe over his sheer strength and speed.
It’s also important to note that Davis has shown an excellent temperament in his first camp with the Eagles. The 6’6 tank credited Jason Kelce for working with him early to make sure he hits the ground running.
Character is an important asset to a team. If a player like Jordan Davis is already buying in, it means that the team can count on the defensive tackle to be ready and willing to do whatever is necessary to win.
For Jordan Davis, working with Fletcher Cox will help as well. Cox isn’t the same player he was in his prime in the mid-2010s but he can still be an impactful player in the passing game, and run stop. Pairing Cox with Davis allows for an interesting first group of defenders, while also keeping each player fresh.
The combinations of Cox/Davis, and Hargrave/Williams will be an excellent one and difficult to start when meaningful games are played.
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