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2015 Pro Bowl Snubs: Fletcher Cox named as a SIXTH team alternate

Philadelphia's rising star defensive end didn't get the respect he deserves.

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The 2015 Pro Bowl rosters were revealed on Tuesday night, and five Eagles players made the list. There's little debate that the player who was most egregiously snubbed from making the cut was defensive end Fletcher Cox.

Cox, who only turned 24 in early December, has had a dominant year. He's been a big part of why the Eagles front seven has been so strong.

The reason why Cox was snubbed is likely due to the position he plays as a 3-4 two-gap defensive end. Cox's impact isn't accurately measured in stats. He only has four sacks, but there's no doubting that Cox ate up blocks and allowed other rushers, such as Connor Barwin, to get to the quarterback.

Cox ranks as the fourth highest graded 3-4 defensive end according to ProFootballFocus. His 35 quarterback hurries rank second at his position, only behind J.J. Watt. Cox ranks third in tackles with 46 and third in stops with 40. Cox has forced one fumble and recovered three, including one that he scored for a defensive touchdown.

It's one thing for Cox to be snubbed from the Pro Bowl entirely. But to be named as a sixth alternate? Just another reminder why the Pro Bowl shouldn't be taken very seriously.


Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is also worth mentioning as a Pro Bowl snub. He ranks 11th in receptions, eighth in yards, and seventh in touchdowns. The problem is that there are also a lot of other good wide receivers in the NFL.

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