Cedric Thornton DL PHI 6 Months

Eagles LE Cedric Thornton took up boxing in the offseason in an effort to improve as a pass rusher.

Thornton started all 16 games last season and graded out as a top-nine 3-4 end at Pro Football Focus. He was top-three as a run stopper but dead last (45th) as a pass rusher. Thornton had just one sack and 17 hurries. He even started taking himself out of the game on third downs because his pass-rushing technique was so poor. Boxing will help Thornton's hands and feet get quicker.

Cedric Thornton DL PHI 10 Months

Eagles re-signed exclusive rights free agent Cedric Thornton to a one-year contract.

It's just a formality. Thornton, a second-year undrafted free agent, broke out for 60 tackles, seven for a loss and two batted passes last season while playing the majority of snaps at left end. He's a cheap, quality, run-stuffing starter for an Eagles defense that started slow but came on strong late last season. Thornton will now be a restricted free agent in 2015.

Cedric Thornton DL PHI Mar 01 '79

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles are "high" on DL Cedric Thornton, and he's projected to start at defensive end this season.

Thornton is entering his third season with the Eagles after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas. He appeared in all 16 games in 2012, recording 27 tackles and a sack. Thornton will be competing for the five-technique spot with Vinny Curry and Bennie Logan. Fletcher Cox has the other defensive end position locked up, while Isaac Sopoaga will occupy nose tackle.

Cedric Thornton DL PHI Sep 21 '77

Eagles promoted DT Cedric Thornton from their practice squad.

An undrafted rookie from Southern Arkansas, Thornton was expected to be a middle-round pick but some medical concerns dropped him down draft boards. He should have the opportunity to play a few snaps during the last three games.