Cox, Peters Named to Pro Bowl
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Despite a disappointing season, a pair of veteran Eagles were named to the NFC Pro Bowl team on Tuesday night.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was honored for the second consecutive year while left tackle Jason Peters was named to his ninth Pro Bowl and his seventh as a member of the Eagles, tied for the second most in franchise history with Brian Dawkins and Hall of Famer Reggie White.
Cox has recorded 47 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this season and ProFootballFocus.com has graded him as the fourth best interior defensive lineman in football behind only Rams star Aaron Donald, lengthy Arizona five-technique Calais Campbell, and Miami stalwart Ndamukong Suh.
“It’s an honor,” Cox said. “It was definitely different [hearing the news for a second time]. It was just surprising with the year I've had, the ups and downs, that I made it. I just kept pushing. We were trying to get this team in a better position to make it to the playoffs. At this point, we're officially eliminated from the playoffs, so I'll look forward to going to the Pro Bowl and getting a chance to compete again.”
After an injury plagued 2015, Peters was back his productive self as one of the top blindside pass protectors in the game, graded as the ninth best tackle in the NFL by PFF and sixth best LT.
“It just humbles me,” Peters said. “All the hard work that you put in through the offseason and throughout the season pays off. That’s the individual goal and all the work that you put in to get that honor, and that makes you feel good.”
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