It’s a story of the rookie and the vet. Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, who is 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, isn’t usually made to look average sized but rookie defensive lineman Jordan Davis may have just done it. The former Georgia Bulldog is settling in nicely out at Eagles training camp and Cox himself had glowing reviews for the young player this weekend.
“He’s a big human,” Cox smiled during an interview with NFL Network. “He’s what everyone says he is – he’s a big guy and he can move, too. He’s probably the most athletic 340-pound guy I’ve probably ever seen in my entire career. He can move, he’s got really good hands. He can use all his weight, he’s strong and I can keep going on and on. It’s just really fun watching him grow every day and get better.”
When Cox refers to Davis being able to move, it’s just further confirmation of what teams were able to see at the NFL Scouting Combine this year. Davis ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at nearly 340 pounds. All reports out of Eagles camp are that he’s maintained that weight and hit all his body requirements coming in – which bodes well for a young player.
Cox wasn’t the only one who had some high praise for him, either.
“I ain’t never seen a guy like that,” said Eagles linebacker Kyzir White. “I’m glad he’s on our side. He’s going to make things easier for us.”
Reports are that Davis has been lining up next to Cox on the interior, which is at its deepest it’s been in years, according to Cox. That being said, Davis is still managing to get a lot of reps with the first team.
In order to get better, Davis hasn’t just been working with his defensive linemates, either. He’s apparently been working with long-time Eagles center Jason Kelce after practices and on his own time. That’s a credit to the Philadelphia trenches in general. Kelce is a 12-year vet who was both an All-Pro and Pro Bowler last year. He doesn’t have to worry about anyone but himself if he doesn’t want to. The fact that he’s taking the time and that Davis is taking the opportunity to learn from him should warm the hearts of Eagles fans all across the city.
As if you needed another reason to like Davis, he’s got some pipes on that 6-foot-6 frame, too apparently. At a team talent show, Davis completely showed off by dueting with Jordan Mailata.
Davis won a national championship with Georgia last season. He was primarily lined up in the 3-tech of Georgia’s 4-3 base defense but occasionally slid in at the one. That bodes well for him as he gets used to the Eagles’ 4-3 base. Defenses at the pro level are multiple and most are in subpackages more than they’re in their base formations, but having familiarity with the basic concepts from a pro-ready system in college will only make the transition for Davis that much easier.
Not that it seems to be hard thus far in camp.
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