Five Eagles named to PFF's All-NFC East squad

Five Eagles named to PFF's All-NFC East squad
January 11, 2013, 3:02 am
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As bad as the Eagles were in 2012, a select group of players had productive seasons.

Those few Eagles were recognized by ProFootballFocus. Five Birds made their All-NFC East team, which was released Thursday.

The only selection from the Eagles' offense came at the guard position with Evan Mathis taking the honor. In a season in which the offensive line struggled to stay healthy, Mathis played all 16 games.

On the defensive side of the ball, a trio of Eagles made the list: Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and DeMeco Ryans.

Cox finished with 5.5 sacks, the most by an Eagles rookie since Derrick Burgess in 2001. The 12th overall pick was also named to the Pro Football WeeklyPro Football Writers Association all-rookie team (see story).

In his third year, Graham began to live up to his pre-draft hype. The 24-year-old, taken 13th overall in 2010, played only three games in 2011 after tearing his ACL in Week 14 of his rookie campaign. Graham played in every game this season, starting the last six (five after Jason Babin's release) and finished with 5.5 sacks (tied for the team lead) and 38 total tackles.

Ryans, making his Eagles debut after playing his first six seasons as a Texan, led the Birds in total tackles (113), solo tackles (86) and assists (27).

Safety Colt Anderson, who saw increased time on defense near the end of the year, was listed on the All-NFC East team as a special teamer.

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