In 2017, Eagles DE Vinny Curry was a big part of the team’s defensive line rotation, a rotation that helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl that season, and after spending the first six seasons of his career in Philadelphia, Curry, 31, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason, and in 2018, he amassed 2.5 sacks in 12 games.
Now, he’s back in Philadelphia, on a one-year deal, and according to Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Curry should have a solid season for the team.
“Like I said, our defensive line is extremely important to us,” Schwartz said on Friday. “A guy I probably missed in that whole thing was [DE] Vinny Curry. I’m really excited to have Vinny back. He played a really strong role for us that Super Bowl year. Throughout the spring, he looked as good, if not better, than I’ve ever remembered him. I think you’ll see big contributions from him.”
The defensive line has been the strength of this Eagles defense under Schwartz. With Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Timmy Jernigan on the inside, and Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, and Curry on the outside. Philly should be in decent shape on the defensive line this season.
“I say it all the time to our players: the defensive line is the engine that runs this defense,” Schwartz said. “Those guys embrace that. They know they have to set the tempo for our team being physical, swarm around the quarterback, chase the ball, all those different things.”
The Eagles like to rotate their defensive linemen, and Schwartz believes he has the talent to do so.
“We’ll have plenty of guys to rotate,” Schwartz said. “You know we prefer not to play anybody too many snaps up there so we can keep guys fresh and keep them going.”
While Curry may not be as good as the departed Michael Bennett or Chris Long, he is a guy that had played well in this scheme, which should bode well for the Eagles in 2019.