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Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks make under-25 list

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Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has been a force in his brief NFL career. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

PHILADELPHIA -- Chip Kelly has made a lot of changes to the Philadelphia Eagles' roster in 2015. He hasn’t really made the team significantly younger, however.

Two Eagles were chosen by Mike Sando and Mel Kiper Jr. for ESPN’s 25-under-25 team Insider, an array of the NFL’s best players under the age of 25. Defensive end Fletcher Cox and linebacker Mychal Kendricks, both 24, were with the team before Kelly was hired in 2013. They were drafted by Andy Reid and Howie Roseman in 2012.

No one from Kelly’s three drafts as head coach made the cut. The Eagles' No. 1 pick from 2013, Lane Johnson, is already 25. So is Benny Logan, the third-round pick from 2013.

Tight end Zach Ertz, a second-round pick in 2013, is only 24. He turns 25 in November, making him eligible for Sando and Kiper’s list. But no tight ends made the under-25 team.

As for other possible Eagles candidates, wide receiver Jordan Matthews still has two years to make the team. Matthews is in a competitive group. Wide receivers from his 2014 draft class include Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Brandin Cooks. All of them made the under-25 team.

Cox was the sixth player on the list. That shouldn’t be a surprise, considering Kelly called Cox the Eagles’ MVP in 2014. In three seasons, Cox has 12.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries. His sack totals are a product of playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Connor Barwin, who had 14.5 sacks last season, credited Cox with making some of those sacks possible.

Kendricks, who came in at 23d on the ESPN list, played outside linebacker as a rookie in 2012. He has moved to inside linebacker in the Eagles’ 3-4 scheme. Last month, the team signed Kendricks to a contract extension worth $29 million over four years.