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Eagles D-line confident of improvement

The Philadelphia Eagles made some upgrades in free agency and the draft.

But the defensive line remained largely intact.

Cedric Thornton, Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan seemed to fit the scheme put in place by coach Chip Kelly.

And they're looking forward to the 2014 season and beyond.

The Eagles will open this season on Sept. 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the defensive line is likely to remain the same.

"It says a lot," Cox told CSNPhilly.com. "They believe in the guys that were in their rooms last year and they know we're headed in the right direction."

Logan gained about 10 pounds in the offseason to put him around 315. He also gained some much-needed experience last season.

"We understand our potential," Logan said "We haven't reached our peak, not just us three but the whole defensive line as a unit. We haven't reached nearly the potential we have."

After the Eagles fell to the New Orleans Saints, 26-24, in the divisional playoffs last season, it was assumed the defensive line would be improved. The players heard the chatter.

"I did catch onto that, but it's kind of hard to be great when you have no expectations," Thornton said. "They didn't have high expectations for us. We just went out there like we're gonna set the tone. We want to be the best young group of defensive linemen. Who cares what some of the people say outside of football? We know what we have in here. They're always going to want somebody better and they're always going to think, 'If we had this person and that we would have won.' But me personally, I watch film and I don't see nobody as athletic as Bennie Logan inside and I don't see nobody as athletic as Fletcher Cox. Who cares what somebody else says? We know what we've got."