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Eagles Defensive Tackle Tandem Named 2nd Best in NFL

It's a known commodity that Fletcher Cox is the 2nd best defensive tackle in the NFL (behind Aaron Donald). But after a 2018 season that saw Cox as the lone productive defensive tackle on the Eagles, Howie Roseman knew he had to address that problem and not let it happen again. Roseman did just that when he signed Malik Jackson to a three-year contract this offseason.

Now the Eagles are heading into 2019 with one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the NFL, at least according to Pro Football Focus. PFF has the Eagles ranked 2nd in the NFL, behind the Los Angeles Rams tandem. Here's what they had to say about the Eagles new tandem:

“It’s no secret that Cox has been elite along the Eagles’ defensive front. Since 2015, he’s generated the second-most pressures among interior defenders (302) and has finished inside the top three in terms of a pass-rush grade at the position in each season. Cox’s pass-rush win rate in 2018 (20.9%) was the fourth-best single-season mark of any interior defensive lineman in the PFF era, and his career-high 91.2 pass-rush grade ranked inside the top 10 among qualifiers since 2006.

“Jackson comes to the Eagles where he’ll immediately provide a viable pass-rushing option to the middle of the defensive line that will free up much-needed space for Cox to continue to rush the passer at an elite level. He recorded 51 total pressures with the Jaguars last season, ranking him ninth at the position.”

Cox and Jackson haven't played a regular season snap with each other yet, but both media and fans expect them to work well together and wreck havoc up the middle. Even if for some reason Jackson has a down year, the Eagles can revert back to Tim Jernigan being the next man up next to Cox.

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