Eagle defensive end Fletcher Cox had his biggest game of the season, picking up three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 39-17 win over the Saints. Cox has long been adored by coaches and media types, but his stat sheet explosion against Drew Brees and the Saints could put him on the national radar for good. He dominated a depleted New Orleans offensive line, and has looked stronger with each week after a mediocre Week 1. He's an IDP with strong upside to keep an eye on. As the Eagles' offense improves, the defense will see less extended time on the field, which means fewer drives like they one they allowed against Washington in Week 4 and more opportunities for Cox to burst through offensive lines.
The Eagles have reportedly exercised their fifth-year team option on defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, according to NFL Network. Cox is entering his four season in Philadelphia, where he has missed just one game his career. Cox has totaled 109 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks in his three seasons with the club.
A slew of Eagles who were listed as probable are active for the game in San Francisco. They include wideouts Jordan Matthews (oblique) and Brad Smith (groin), defensive end Brandon Bair (foot), cornerback Brandon Boykin (hip), tight end James Casey (knee), defensive end Fletcher Cox (back), offensive tackle Matt Tobin (ankle) and safety Earl Wolff (knee).
Probables dominate the injury report released Friday by the Eagles for their game Sunday in San Francisco. Among those with that designation are defensive ends Fletcher Cox (back) and Brandon Bair (foot), cornerbacks Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) and Brandon Boykin (hip), tight end James Casey (knee), wide receivers Brad Smith (groin) and Jordan Matthews (oblique), tackle Matt Tobin (ankle) and safety Earl Wolff (knee). Center Jason Kelce (hernia) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (calf) will not play. Wideout Josh Huff (shoulder) is questionable.
Among the six players on the injury report for the Eagles defense in Week 3 against Washington, only defensive back Earl Wolff (knee) was forced to sit out. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox (back) is in uniform, along with defensive backs Cary Williams (hamstring), Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), Malcolm Jenkins (shoulder) and Nolan Carroll (elbow).