JORDAN DAVIS HAS SHAPED UP FOR 2ND EAGLES SEASON!

By Mike Bennett

Fletcher Cox likes what he sees in second-year Eagles defensive tackle Jordan Davis.

“I watched him run the conditioning test, he did a great job, I don’t think he was gassed one bit,” Cox told NBCSP.

“His conditioning, it’s way better this year than it was last year. He’s coming back, he knows what to expect.

“Flew around in individual (drills) in practice (Wednesday), and I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to grow. Came back, his weight was great. I’m excited for him.”

Davis’ fitness was an issue in his rookie season, he missed a month in the middle of the season with an ankle injury, he never got his starting job back and wasn’t the same when he returned to action.

“I’ve been in his position,” said Cox, the 12th player taken in the 2012 draft. “I’ve been drafted in the first round. You expect a lot, but the biggest thing is to get in and learn. Learn the defense. Learn how to practice as a pro. Learning the new environment and dealing with a lot of media and letting go of distractions.

“But he’s going to be a really good player for us. You can see it. You can see the growth. The jump from the first season to the second season. And it’s really good to see.

“He’s healthy. Last year I think he really started to ramp up and then he got hurt and as a rookie I think that kind of affected him. He was out for an amount of time, and now he’s healthy and he’s flying around and you can feel his presence.”

“That boy, he looked good,” Brandon Graham said Wednesday. “In OTAs, just the extra work he was doing with me and all the other guys that were doing extra, you could tell that he’s comfortable because his guys (from Georgia) are here with him.

“Got a little year under his belt, now he’s going into Year 2, he’s got some guys he’s familiar with too, and that always helps, and they’re all motivating each other. So Jordan Davis, I’m excited for, because I really do think he’s going to have a great jump from Year 1 to Year 2.”

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