A Decade of Excellence

Fletcher Cox is one of the greatest Philadelphia Eagles of all time. The former first-round pick out of Mississippi State spent his entire career with the Eagles. The six-time Pro Bowler is fifth all-time in Eagles history with 58 sacks and was a key part of the 2017 Super Bowl-winning squad.

In recent years, fans have slowly grown impatient with Cox. I can’t understand the frustration with him even though his production has dipped over the past few seasons. It is not surprising that a player of his age has regressed. Even with his low production, Cox has been a key part of the Eagles defensive line. Nowadays, it is not often that a football player spends his entire career in one team. Therefore, every time Fletcher Cox dons the midnight green, there should be nothing but praise and appreciation.

Passing the torch

But over time, everything must change. And now is a better time than ever. Now it’s time for Cox to pass the torch. So it’s fitting that Georgia’s defensive line was picked one spot behind Cox at No. 13 overall.

Despite being early in camp, Jordan Davis is starting to get first-team reps. The rookie will be a big part of the defense this season. I don’t believe it matters whether he starts or not during the season. This defensive line will constantly rotate to keep everyone fresh so Davis gets plenty of snaps. However, Davis will become one of the starting points on defense before the season is over. Even his teammates admired him on the field.

Defense line

The Eagles have a three-headed monster with Cox, Davis and Hargrave. They also added Haason Reddick, who will be their first outside rushing threat in years. Previously, teams could double Cox whenever they wanted. But now they will have to take their own poison. Having an edge rusher like Reddick should free up space up the middle for Davis to impose his will.

The future of the franchise?

Jordan Davis is coming off an impressive year for the Eagles. Not only will he be vital in containing the run, but Davis will also pressure the quarterback. Here is my prediction for Davis this season: 48 shots and five sacks. Davis will also add two forced runs and a don’t touch it in a hurry. Lane Johnson had a surprise touchdown last season and I think it will be Davis this year. I can’t imagine anyone stopping him on the goal line.

Davis could potentially be the next Fletcher Cox for this Eagles franchise. Who knows how long Cox will be for the Eagles after this season, but there is no better player to pass the torch to than Jordan Davis. The Eagles have had one of the best defenses in the league for the past decade, and now they have an obvious replacement. So look for Davis to have an impressive rookie season and begin his climb as the next franchise tackle for the Eagles.

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