PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 12: Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles after practice during rookie mini-camp at their practice facility on May 12, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Eagles first round pick Fletcher Cox is likely getting a rude introduction to the NFL with the notoriously rough and gruff Jim Washburn as his position coach. The good thing is that the guys who can withstand Wash's initial onslaught usually become much better off for it. Cox seems to be handling things well so far, saying that Washburn is pretty much what he expected.
"He is what I thought he was," Cox told reporters yesterday. "He gets after it like he said he would."
Cox says the main thing he's been working at camp is technique and getting off the ball quicker.
"I've improved a whole lot from day one. I wasn't really getting off the ball as fast as the older guys were but now it seems like it's becoming a repetition thing for me. I'm getting off the ball a whole lot quicker."
"Sometimes where I started from [at Mississippi St], we played with a tilt and we didn't play in a three-point stance. There are just a few things that I'm learning like not playing with a tilt and not getting reached."