Raiders Opposing DTs No. 3: Fletcher Cox
The NFL preseason amazingly is getting closer and closer, and with that, fans of all NFL teams can start looking at the match-ups their teams will face this season.
The Las Vegas Raiders are no exception, as they will have a number of marquee games when looking at the 2021 schedule.
After going through the best offensive players the Raiders will see this season, we now turn to the defensive side of the ball.
We'll start with the best interior defenders the Raiders will see, with Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox coming in at No. 3.
A mainstay for the Eagles defense since he was drafted in the first round in 2012, Cox developed into one of the best defensive tackles in the league.
He's been to the Pro Bowl every year since 2015, including in 2018 when he had a career-high 10.5 sacks and was named a First-Team All-Pro.
Cox made a living in opposing backfields, with current career totals of 54.5 sacks and 71 tackles for losses.
Pro Football Focus had ranked him inside the top-10 of interior defenders from 2015-2019, including being in the top-five three times.
Cox is coming off his lowest-rated season, being ranked 30th in 2020 among tackles.
That could be a by-product of the Eagles themselves going through a very dysfunctional season last year.
Their defense overall didn't live up to the standards they had set when the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2017.
At 30, Cox should still be right in his prime, and with less turmoil around him, could get back to the standard of play he had lived at for the last half-decade.
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