Passing the Torch – Philadelphia Sports Nation

A decade of dominance

Fletcher Cox is one of the greatest Philadelphia Eagles of all time. The former Mississippi State first-round pick played his entire career with the Eagles. The six-time professional bowler is fifth all-time in Eagles history with 58 sacks and was a vital part of the 2017 Super Bowl-winning team.

In recent years, fans have slowly grown impatient with Cox. Although his output has plummeted in recent seasons, I don’t understand his frustration. It’s no surprise that a player his age has declined. Even with his low production, Cox has been a key part of the Eagles defensive line. These days, it’s not often that a player spends his entire career with one team. Therefore, there should be nothing but praise and appreciation for Fletcher Cox every time he puts on midnight green.

Passage of the torch

But over time, everything must change. And now is a better time than ever. Now is the time for Cox to pass the torch. It is therefore fitting that the Georgian defensive tackle was selected one spot after Cox at 13th overall.

Despite being early in camp, Jordan Davis has started getting first-team reps. The rookie will be a big part of the defense this season. I don’t think it matters if he’s a “starter” or not during the season. This defensive line will be constantly rotating to keep everyone fresh so Davis gets plenty of shots. However, Davis will become one of the starting defensive tackles before the end of the season. Even his teammates admire him on the pitch.

The defensive line

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

Future of franchising?

Jordan Davis is going to have a landmark year for the Eagles. Not only will he be essential in containing the run, but Davis will also put pressure on the quarterback. My prediction this season for Davis is: 48 tackles and five bags. Davis will also add two forced fumbles and one hasty touchdown. 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 can potentially be the next Fletcher Cox for this Eagles franchise. Who knows how long Cox will be an Eagles player after this season, but there’s no better player to pass the torch to than Jordan Davis. The Eagles have had one of the best defensive tackles in the league for the past ten years and now they have an obvious replacement. So look for Davis to have an impactful rookie season and begin his rise as the next franchise tackle for the Eagles.

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