So far so good for Fletcher Cox. After getting his first taste of professional football during the five rookie camp practices, the Eagles' first-round pick says everything is heading in the right direction.
"It felt good," Cox said at the conclusion of Monday's final practice. "Just to get out and be back on the field doing what I love to do."
Prior to the rookie camp, head coach Andy Reid said the weekend would be a "learning experience" for the rookies as they acclimate to life in the NFL. According to Cox, Reid's characterization was a fair one.
"Oh yeah," he said, "You see the difference in it. Basically, I played in the SEC and I figured that's the best conference in college football. Still, it's a little faster and the competition is a little bit better.
"I learned a lot."
Cox's sparing mate through much of rookie camp was sixth-round guard Brandon Washington, who impressed in his own right according to Cox.
We "competed every day both practices," Cox said. "I told him that I'm here to compete and he said, 'Let's go.'"
Although this, like the rest of the offseason until training camp, was a no-contact set of practices, Cox was still able to showcase his versatility, lining up at both defensive tackle positions and briefly at defensive end. With Reid's proclamation that Mike Patterson won't participate in practices until training camp, Cox will have a continued opportunity to make an impression this offseason. On and off the field, Cox is ready to work.
"I'll be ... here working out with everybody," he said. "I'll get a chance to be in the meeting room with everybody and just go out and see how they work and then I'll know what I have to do."
After a promising start to his professional career, Cox is lucky to have a running mate as he moves forward in the NFL in the form of Vinny Curry, the Eagles' second-round pick out of Marshall.
"I think Vinny's a great player," Cox said. "We came out on the first day and we didn't know what to expect. I said, 'Vinny, man, let's just go in this thing and expect the unexpected.'"
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