Wednesday, August 21, 2013
DE Vinny Curry is 'in the mix' to start
By Brent Sobleski
Defensive lineman Vinny Curry has been one of the most impressive Philadelphia Eagles through two preseason games. Curry, a former second round draft selection, wasn't originally seen as a traditional fit in the Eagles' new 3-4 scheme, but he's excelled at defensive end despite being undersized. As a result -- Curry is still being considered for a potential starting role.
"Absolutely," Philadelphia defensive coordinator Billy Davis told Sheil Kapadia of Phillymag.com. "Nothing has been determined yet in terms of starters, and we are continuing to evaluate all of them, and Vinny’s absolutely in the mix."
Curry may be in the mix to start, but it's more likely Cedric Thornton and Fletcher Cox will retain the starting defensive end spots. Curry is simply too small to hold at the point of attack against the run on an every down basis. Curry's best role may be as a situational pass rusher.
Philadelphia's coaching staff will certainly find a way to use Curry this season:
Dan GrazianoOn Vinny Curry and the Eagles' defense
"...one of the buzzwords on the defensive side for the Eagles this year is variety, and the coaches are working every day to find ways to maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of their personnel. Curry is a guy who, if he plays well throughout August, is likely to find himself more involved once the season starts. The extent of his involvement is for those forward-thinking, open-minded new coaches to figure out."