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Fokou On Rise To First String

Rookie linebacker Moise Fokou has made a habit of moving his way up the Eagles' depth chart since he arrived in Philadelphia.

The seventh-round pick made waves in training camp when he debuted as the second-string strongside linebacker. After a successful preseason, Fokou made the 53-man roster.

Then, when starting strongside linebacker Chris Gocong missed the November 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys with an injury, Fokou made his first NFL start.

Now, according to the depth chart provided by the Eagles media relations department, Fokou is the first-string strongside linebacker.

"Production," said defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, when asked what the reason was for Fokou's promotion. "The guy's productive and I don't think the game is too big for him as a young player. He studies hard."

"I've just been grinding," Fokou said. I've been "grinding hard and hoping for good things to come and just waiting.

"I guess (my chance) has come, but I'm just here to help the team in any way I can and if it's my time right now then it is."

Fokou played strongside linebacker in the base defense in the 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, but the base defense was rarely on the field because the Eagles employed so much nickel defense. Still, Fokou assessed his performance after watching the game tape.

"I thought I did pretty well," he said. "I didn't get too many chances to kind of show what I had, but the way we schemed things, I thought I did pretty well."

This week, Fokou and the Eagles will face off against the Broncos' offense that includes the league's second-leading receiver in Brandon Marshall.

"They have two good receivers, a quarterback who throws the ball on the money, and a strong running game," Fokou said. "We're going to try to scheme it to try to take the receivers away again, but I think we're going to have a little more (base defense) on the field too."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 5:27 p.m., December 23

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