Identified as the Eagles¿ best pass rusher by coach Chip Kelly at midseason, Thornton nevertheless was much better against the run, with 78 tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the NFL¿s third best 3-4 DE against the run. Finished with just one sack and eight hurries. Contract is up. Probable 2014 scenario: Will re-sign and compete with Curry and either a free agent or high draft pick to start.
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