Eagles Film Review: Despite numbers, Fletcher Cox disruptive vs. Falcons

Eagles Film Review: Despite numbers, Fletcher Cox disruptive vs. Falcons

For the fifth straight game on Sunday, Fletcher Cox didn't record a sack. 

If you were to just look at his lack of sack numbers, it would be easy to draw the conclusion that the veteran who signed a contract worth $64 million guaranteed this offseason isn't living up to the deal. 

Despite not sacking the quarterback on Sunday, Cox was extremely disruptive against the Falcons. 

He finished the game with one QB hit, but had six hurries that either set up his teammates or affected Matt Ryan. Cox faced double-teams for a lot of the game, but when he got 1-on-1s, he did his damage. 

Here's a look at Cox's disruptiveness from Sunday: 

On this first play, with 3:25 left in the first quarter, Cox is lined up on right guard Chris Chester, who had a tough afternoon against the Pro Bowler. This was a key 3rd-and-11 from the Atlanta 25-yard line. 

Nothing too special from Cox on this play. Cox goes wide and Chester tries to get him wider, but Cox is too strong. He collapses the pocket and forces Ryan to throw somewhat off his back foot. Ryan is able to complete an 8-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu, but Malcolm Jenkins tackles him short of the sticks. 

This next play comes with 1:27 left in the first half. The Falcons just got the ball back at the Eagles' 42-yard line following a Carson Wentz fumble. Cox is again lined up against Chester, with Brandon Graham to his left. 

Cox uses his hands and makes a move inside, which gives him a clear path to Ryan. Eventually, Chester is able to get enough of a block on Cox to make sure he doesn't sack the quarterback, but the damage on this play is done. The pocket is gone and Ryan has to try to step up to avoid the pressure. 

Graham gets credit for the six-yard sack, but it was Cox who forced the pressure. This sack was huge because three plays later, Matt Bryant missed a 53-yard field goal. 

This next play comes in the fourth quarter. The Falcons already have the lead, so the Eagles need to hold them. (They do and then take the lead back on the ensuing drive.)

The Falcons show a sweep to the left, but it's a play action. 

Off the play action, Ryan has what looks to be a huge pocket. But Cox is about to absolutely wreck it. Still working 1-on-1 against Chester, he moves the 300-pound lineman out of the way and gets his quarterback hit on Ryan. Incomplete pass. 

Here's a video to prove just how strong Cox can be: 

Two plays later, Cox shows off his quickness. Cox is again lined up against Chester, but he doesn't stay that way. 

Cox works to his right and is so quick, left guard Andy Levitre doesn't see him until he's already past him. In an effort to avoid the rush, Ryan quickly delivers a pass that falls incomplete. 

Most of the pressure that Cox generated on Sunday came from 1-on-1s, but he was doubled for much of the afternoon. When he was, his teammates were able to sometimes take advantage of their 1-on-1s. 

The bottom line is this: Cox might not have the numbers, but he's still playing at a high level. We'll leave you with a reminder of just how often Cox gets doubled: 

Yeah, he's still good. 

Nick Foles exits Eagles-Patriots preseason game with shoulder strain

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Nick Foles exits Eagles-Patriots preseason game with shoulder strain

FOXBORO, Mass. — Eagles quarterback Nick Foles exited Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots with a shoulder strain.

He’s questionable to return, but it’s pretty clear his night is over. 

Early in the second quarter, Foles dropped back to pass when Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn got around Halapoulivaati Vaitai and got a strip sack on Foles. The ball was returned for a touchdown. After Foles was hit on his right arm, he grabbed at it immediately and looked to be in pain. 

After Foles got checked out in a blue pop-up tent, he remained on the Eagles’ sideline and didn’t go into the locker room. Nate Sudfeld took his spot on the next drive. 

Foles had a baseball cap on as he emerged from the tent, indicating his night is over.

Obviously, Foles’ health is incredibly important for the Eagles right now as Carson Wentz is still recovering from a torn ACL. Wentz’s status for Week 1 is up in the air and Foles would start if Wentz isn’t ready. 

Foles is the Eagles’ high-priced insurance policy and they can’t afford to lose him right now. 

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FOXBORO, Mass. — After raising his fist during the national anthem last week, Malcolm Jenkins stayed in the tunnel for Thursday night's anthem.

Jenkins was joined by De’Vante Bausby and Michael Bennett, who both also stayed inside during the anthem. Jenkins ran out with Bausby just after it ended and Bennett walked out a little later.

Jenkins and Bausby raised their fists last week as a demonstration against racial injustice, police brutality and the need for criminal justice reform in the United States. Jenkins continued his protest that had been halted toward the end of last season. 

While the NFL has put fines on hold with its new anthem policy, the policy states players must either stand respectfully or remain inside during the anthem. 

Jenkins spoke to NBC Sports Philadelphia earlier this week about being the face of the movement despite the negativity that comes his way (see story).

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