Vinny Curry's Status With Philadelphia Eagles Continues To Perplex

By Matt Lombardo
Eric Hartline – USA TODAY Sports

For a team that’s desperate to generate a pass rush, it’s difficult to envision why a second-year, former second-round draft choice would continue to be inactive week after week.

Defensive end Vinny Curry, chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2012 draft was deactivated for the second-consecutive week and 12th time in his first 18 NFL games yesterday.

It is perplexing to continue to see Curry on the list of inactives every week after a preseason and training camp where the University of Marshall product showed a consistent nose for the football and ability to get into the backfield and disrupt the quarterback’s rhythm.

Philip Rivers was surgical against the Eagles Sunday as the San Diego Chargers edged the Eagles 33-30 in Chip Kelly‘s first home game at Lincoln Financial Field, carving the Birds’ secondary to the tune of 419 yards and three touchdowns.

While the Eagles carry six active defensive linemen on game day it’s not difficult to find players on the active roster who Curry could easily replace, giving defensive coordinator Bill Davis Jr another option to generate a pass rush.

Against the Chargers running back Chris Polk, active for the second straight week, did not take a single snap on offense. Conventional wisdom says that if Polk is not going to play, there is little purpose to dressing him.

Defensively, Jordan Poyer was on the active roster but did not play because of Brandon Hughes‘ return.

The Eagles clearly saw enough potential in Curry to invest a second-round draft choice on him, but the fact that he is continually not dressed on game day is perplexing.

As Andy Reid, Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs arrive at Lincoln Financial Field it would certainly be beneficial if Kelly and company could find a way to get Curry onto the field if for no other reason than to utilize his fresh legs along the defensive line in a short week.

Matt Lombardo is also an on-air personality on 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Join the conversation and follow Matt on Twitter

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