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D-Line Among Season's Biggest Surprises

Posted Nov 23, 2013

One of the most promising developments for the Eagles through the first 11 games has been the superlative playoff their young defensive line. With Isaac Sopoaga in New England, the six players on the Eagles’ D-line have been impressive all season, and every single one of them is 25 years old or younger.

On the season, Vinny Curry leads the group with 4.0 sacks, while Fletcher Cox paces the unit with 19 hurries. Cedric Thornton, meanwhile, has consistently been lauded by head coach Chip Kelly as one of the defense’s best overall players.

Throughout the season, the defensive line has pushed each other to improve.

“With all of us being young,” Cox said, “Young guys like us are always competitive. Everything’s competitive. That’s what keeps us going in that room, that everybody is competitive.”

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