When you talk about the best defensive tackles in the NFL, you can’t go without mentioning Eagles DT Fletcher Cox. The four-time Pro Bowler, who had 10.5 sacks last season, has been a dominant force in the middle for the Philadelphia Eagles, and after getting off to a slow start in 2019, due to foot surgery in the offseason, Cox has started to play well.
In the first six games of the season, Cox was held without a sack. In the last six games, Cox has 3.5 sacks, and the Eagles’ defense has started to play better. On Monday night, the Eagles(5-7), who are fighting for their playoff lives, host the New York Giants, and while he knows playing against Cox won’t be easy, Giants RB Saquon Barkley is a big fan.
“Fletcher Cox is like easily one of my favorite players in the league to watch,” Barkley said on Thursday. “Obviously, he’s well known, but I don’t think he gets enough respect as he should from what I’ve taken as we’ve played him.
“Those last two games last year, I remember there was a run where I broke out to the outside, and it ended up being a penalty, but I got like a 10-yard run on it, and it felt like a DB was chasing me and I looked up, and it was 91. So, he’s a heck of a player; they’re a heck of a defense over there, they have a heck of a team over there. So, we’ve just got to continue to work and try to execute better than them on Monday night.”
Cox is a beast, and he is one of the reasons the Eagles have the fourth-best rushing defense in football. Last season, Barkley had a lot of success against the Eagles when he accumulated 229 yards from scrimmage in his first game against Philadelphia, and if he wants to have some more success against the Eagles, the Giants’ offensive line will have to do something about Fletcher Cox, which is easier said than done.