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Vinny Curry makes an impact for the Eagles, finally

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Only days after an ESPN report suggested that the Eagles whiffed in 2012 on trading for quarterback Colin Kaepernick and drafting quarterback Russell Wilson, Philly finally received an return on the investment made with the pick that could have given them either player.

Defensive end Vinny Curry, who made six largely unremarkable appearances as a rookie, suited up for the first time in 2013.  Curry played very well, notching his first career sack.

“I think Vinny did a really nice job rushing the passer tonight,” coach Chip Kelly said after Thursday night’s game, via quotes distributed by the team.  “And that’s what Vinny has done.  He’s continued to develop.  I was happy to get him out there.  I thought Vinny did some nice things.”

While it’s impossible to know whether the decision to activate Curry was influenced by the notion that the Eagles could have had Kaepernick or Wilson with the second-round pick used to get the pass rusher from Marshall, the Eagles have been conspicuously quiet about Adam Schefter’s report that they bailed on trading for Kaepernick, built their draft in 2012 around getting Wilson, and then opted to pass on Wilson twice in round two — apparently assuming (ass, you me) that Wilson would be available when the Eagles picked in round three.

It’s unclear how the story originated.  Given the changes in Philly since April 2012, it could have been leaked by former coach Andy Reid, by former CEO Joe Banner, or by G.M. Howie Roseman.  Earlier this year, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie accused Banner of privately bashing Roseman.

On the surface, the report makes the Eagles appear to be ahead of the curve for spotting the potential in Kaepernick and Wilson.  At a deeper level, it makes the Eagles look foolish for not getting either guy with one of the picks that became Curry and linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

There’s also a chance it could have been leaked by new coach Chip Kelly, who may be wishing after last night’s game that he had either Kaepernick or Wilson under center.

Then again, if Philly had gotten either guy, Reid probably would have been coaching him to a victory last night.  For the Eagles.

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39 Responses to “Vinny Curry makes an impact for the Eagles, finally”
  1. mrhornitos says: Sep 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    EVERYBODAY WELCOME TO MA CITAAY

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    Welcome to your customary last place Philadelphia. Back to your cold reality where you belong. Who’s laughing now? #ForeverRingless

  3. ctattles says: Sep 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    Im just sitting here at work refreshing PFT all day. So keep em coming.

  4. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Sep 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    You failed to mention Vinny Curry switched from a 4-3 DE to a 3-4 DE this offseason. That might have something to do with it too.

    The Eagles coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for their work with Vinny Curry and Trent Cole. Both have had to learn new positions, and both are thriving. Brandon Graham not so much, as he only gets on the field in pass rush situations.

  5. tjadeterborg says: Sep 20, 2013 10:51 AM

    While it’s impossible to know whether the decision to activate Curry was influenced by the notion that the Eagles could have had Kaepernick or Wilson with the second-round pick used to get the pass rusher from Marshall, the Eagles have been conspicuously quiet about Adam Schefter’s report that they bailed on trading for Kaepernick, built their draft in 2012 around getting Wilson, and then opted to pass on Wilson twice in round two — apparently assuming (ass, you me) that Wilson would be available when the Eagles picked in round three.

    Really?!

  6. d0minate says: Sep 20, 2013 10:52 AM

    I am SHOCKED that you guys seem to think that Kaepernick was a rookie last year. He was drafted in 2011 folks! Talk about the media buying their own BS.

  7. eagles512 says: Sep 20, 2013 10:59 AM

    I don’t think a team will activate and play a guy because of a media rumor.

  8. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Sep 20, 2013 11:01 AM

    That story of about the Eagles draft is complete bunk. So we messed up our entire draft but luckily ended up with Kendricks, Curry, Boykin and Bryce Brown last year? All of whom are playing at high level. If that report is right, the Eagles should have messed up their draft more under Andy Reid because it was one of his better drafts.

    The media is so dumb sometimes!

  9. dawkphan says: Sep 20, 2013 11:03 AM

    logicalvoicesays-
    Welcome to your customary last place Philadelphia. Back to your cold reality where you belong. Who’s laughing now? #ForeverRingless

    ———————————————————
    Maybe you should wait till your team wins one before you start crowing. If the skins get lucky this week and win they will be tied with the Eagles.

  10. floriorealitychkr says: Sep 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    @logicalvoice…. (LOL)

    Why are we going back to last? Arent you still winless and surely heading to 0-3. Oh yeah….. so technically your still last- and even if you win this week (doubtful) you’ll still be last because you are behind on the first tiebreaker with us….HEAD TO HEAD.

    Logical my arse.

  11. cinfante54 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:13 AM

    Well logical, the Eagles aren’t in last since the Redskins don’t have a win yet. Also, even if they win (probably not happening) Sunday, they’re still behind the Eagles in the standings. But it is hilarious that you say that last place is the customary spot for the Eagles when, for the past decade or so, it’s been the Redskins in last. I can’t wait until Sunday night for your new excuses for how the NFL rigged another Redskins loss.

  12. catfanatic1979v1 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:15 AM

    Curry has been hurt most of the time he wasn’t playing. He has had nagging muscle injuries.

  13. trytobnimble says: Sep 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    “…ended up with Kendricks, Curry, Boykin and Bryce Brown last year? All of whom are playing at high level.”

    This is how delusional Eagles fans are. The players mentioned are the very definition of mediocrity. To Eagles fans, mediocre is a high level. Such a sad sack city of losers. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

  14. saints4life57 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:27 AM

    It was so nice to see Reid come back to Philly and show them he still had what it takes o be a great head coach in the NFL! Eagles fans quickly forgot how much he did for that team! Although I did agree it was time for a change! At least it is working out for Andy! ( Even though he looks like a really huge red jelly bean!) lol! And it doesn’t hurt that the Eagles are sitting at 1-2 right now since I hate them!

  15. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 20, 2013 11:28 AM

    Claiming after-the-fact that you were hip to something reeks of trying to pimp oneself through the benefit of hindsight.

    They get no points for that. If anything, it’s a negative in (1) that you failed to obtain either athlete and (2) you may/likely be disingenuous in making such claims.

    Saying I knew all along that Tom Brady would be a Hall of Famer – but we missed on him because he didn’t last until our pick in the 7th round, is a big swing and a miss in my book.

  16. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 20, 2013 11:35 AM

    Logical people would say that #2 in the division isn’t last place.

    enjoy looking up at us from the bottom this entire season.
    there is no way your old slow defense is going to let you make .500
    keep running your mouth.

    then throw your jersey back in the closet for another 20 years with the rest of your bandwagon fans.

    & all this HAIL stuff makes you sound like communist.. communist with a prejudice team name.. nice work you classless know nothing.

  17. dankil13 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:39 AM

    The Eagles finally unleashed Curry for all of 12 plays last night… but it doesn’t matter who is rushing the passer with our safeties who can’t come up and make a tackle on a WR middle screen!

    In fact, I was hoping BDawk would have changed out of his suit and came out in the 2nd half in pads… he can’t be any slower than Chung and I know he can at least bring a guy down!

  18. seatownballers says: Sep 20, 2013 11:43 AM

    Biggest prediction of the week, ,, fairley and suh crush rg3, being him further. Then logicalvoice blames the nfl, the refs, commisioner, and God for cheating

  19. dankil13 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:44 AM

    saints4life57 says:
    Sep 20, 2013 11:27 AM
    It was so nice to see Reid come back to Philly and show them he still had what it takes o be a great head coach in the NFL! Eagles fans quickly forgot how much he did for that team! Although I did agree it was time for a change! At least it is working out for Andy! ( Even though he looks like a really huge red jelly bean!) lol! And it doesn’t hurt that the Eagles are sitting at 1-2 right now since I hate them!

    ******************
    Totally not true (did u miss the standing O he received?). Reid is the greatest coach in Philly history and we all know/recognize that.

    Reid has always been a great coach as far as getting his team ready to play. He is a terrible at making in-game adjustments/decisions. He was also in charge of player personnel from 2003 for the Eagles and was awful at drafting. It must be something he picked up from Holmgren. The reason the Eagles lost were because of the players REID selected. The reason the Chiefs won are because Reid had very little to do with the make up of his team!

  20. dankil13 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:53 AM

    cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says:
    Sep 20, 2013 11:01 AM
    That story of about the Eagles draft is complete bunk. So we messed up our entire draft but luckily ended up with Kendricks, Curry, Boykin and Bryce Brown last year? All of whom are playing at high level. If that report is right, the Eagles should have messed up their draft more under Andy Reid because it was one of his better drafts.

    The media is so dumb sometimes!
    **********************
    High level? Curry has 1 sack and didn’t dress for 2 games. Brown is 2nd string RB who gets 5 touches a game. Kendricks and Boykin are OK, but not exactly pro bowlers. You left off Fletcher Cox who is decent as well but again no star in the making.

    You are right about 1 thing though – it was one of Reid’s better drafts. Esp when you look at the 2011 and 2010 drafts where the best players from those drafts that are still on the team are the center and the kicker!

  21. gustwo says: Sep 20, 2013 12:00 PM

    Nice to see a developing young man get some playing time and produce. He, along with Kendricks, Boykin and Bryce Brown are going to have the growing pains associated with a new coach, system etc., while still maturing as players. Interesting to note that they were called mediocre, when all have been lauded by national writers and broadcasters as players with exciting potential and upside. Good thing we have contributors to this site to set them straight. And logicalvoicesays, you’re 0-2, in last place. So who’s laughing now ? We are, at you.

  22. wearethesteelers says: Sep 20, 2013 12:09 PM

    Finally? He was drafted last year.

  23. mitchem85 says: Sep 20, 2013 12:38 PM

    Kaepernick and Wilson came out in different drafts.. How could they have gotten him with that pick? This makes no sense..

  24. wmelch says: Sep 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    “While it’s impossible to know whether the decision to activate Curry was influenced by the notion that the Eagles could have had Kaepernick or Wilson with the second-round pick used to get the pass rusher from Marshall, the Eagles have been conspicuously quiet about Adam Schefter’s report that they bailed on trading for Kaepernick, built their draft in 2012 around getting Wilson, and then opted to pass on Wilson twice in round two — apparently assuming (ass, you me) that Wilson would be available when the Eagles picked in round three.”

    Wow.

    This sentence goes in the hall of fame.

  25. ShimSham says: Sep 20, 2013 12:59 PM

    Vinny Curry’s career has barely started and you say “finally” ? Plus, let’s not act like Kaep and Wilson are HOFers or something. They’re young passers who have shown to be at least competent and have had some spectacular showings, but are still incredibly inconsistent and even at their best are weaker QBs than some others. The way those two are talked about in the media you’d assume they already have gold jackets on.

  26. icdogg says: Sep 20, 2013 1:11 PM

    The first two weeks, none of us Eagles fans could understand why Curry wasn’t active. We could see that every chance he got in the preseason, he was killing it. He lived in the backfield. It was incomprehensible to us that some of the guys like Square were active and Curry was not.

    Finally, Curry gets a chance to play, and makes the most of it.

  27. jg725 says: Sep 20, 2013 1:17 PM

    “logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 20, 2013 10:39 AM
    Welcome to your customary last place Philadelphia. Back to your cold reality where you belong. Who’s laughing now? #ForeverRingless”

    Who’s laughing now? neither one of these struggling teams – but – I seems to remember the eagles destroying the deadskins a couple weeks ago………..

  28. clw1906 says: Sep 20, 2013 1:49 PM

    dawkphan says:
    Sep 20, 2013 11:03 AM
    logicalvoicesays-
    Welcome to your customary last place Philadelphia. Back to your cold reality where you belong. Who’s laughing now? #ForeverRingless

    ———————————————————
    Maybe you should wait till your team wins one before you start crowing. If the skins get lucky this week and win they will be tied with the Eagles.

    Oh I’m not aware of any Superbowl trophies in the Eagles history. So how about you win three then you would be caught up.

  29. brento1499 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:00 PM

    “While it’s impossible to know whether the decision to activate Curry was influenced by the notion that the Eagles could have had Kaepernick or Wilson with the second-round pick used to get the pass rusher from Marshall, the Eagles have been conspicuously quiet about Adam Schefter’s report that they bailed on trading for Kaepernick, built their draft in 2012 around getting Wilson, and then opted to pass on Wilson twice in round two — apparently assuming (ass, you me) that Wilson would be available when the Eagles picked in round three.”

    take a moment and let the stupidity of this theory sink in

  30. zam0854 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    Redskins haven’t won a Super Bowl in two decades. All these little kids on here weren’t even a thought last time redskins won. Im glad to see the redskins fans are content with having won a championship 20+ yrs ago. Wake up, you’re team is falling apart, I mean RG3 is falling apart.

    #LiveInTheNow

  31. ccjcsr says: Sep 20, 2013 2:30 PM

    Eagles are like a side show, all the hype without any substance!

    #bottomfeeders
    #Cowboysownthedivision
    #kisstherings

  32. gabyguti15 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:38 PM

    Weren’t kaep and Wilson in different drafts?

  33. drstrangehawk says: Sep 20, 2013 2:44 PM

    I expected the Eagles to get out of the gate a little faster than this- no puns intended- but I picked the Eagle to win the division…. possibly one of the weakest in the NFC. Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins will be playing golf in January.
    Go! Seahawks!

  34. johnnyoclock says: Sep 20, 2013 2:47 PM

    >>While it’s impossible to know whether the decision to activate Curry was influenced by the notion that the Eagles could have had Kaepernick or Wilson

    Dumb. This therefore assumes they think Curry is the same high talent as Kaepernick and Wilson. They don’t.

    >>…quiet about Adam Schefter’s report that they bailed on trading for Kaepernick, built their draft in 2012 around getting Wilson, and then opted to pass on Wilson twice in round two

    Dumb again. Obviously, in passing over him not once but twice in what would have been an appropriate place to select him, they therefore did not in fact “build their entire draft around him”; whatever that even means.

  35. eaglesflyfast says: Sep 20, 2013 3:01 PM

    d0minate says:
    Sep 20, 2013 10:52 AM
    I am SHOCKED that you guys seem to think that Kaepernick was a rookie last year. He was drafted in 2011 folks! Talk about the media buying their own BS.

    ————————————————–

    The report had the eagles trading a 2nd round pick for Kaepernick. They are well aware he was drafted in 2011

  36. clw1906 says: Sep 20, 2013 3:25 PM

    zam0854 says:
    Sep 20, 2013 2:16 PM
    Redskins haven’t won a Super Bowl in two decades. All these little kids on here weren’t even a thought last time redskins won. Im glad to see the redskins fans are content with having won a championship 20+ yrs ago. Wake up, you’re team is falling apart, I mean RG3 is falling apart.

    #LiveInTheNow

    And the Eagles have NEVER won anything

    #GetANowLoser

  37. eglsfan says: Sep 20, 2013 7:57 PM

    Damnit PFT stop taking my posts down..

    @logicalvoice..dude you are so in manlove with your team that hasn’t done a thing since that hack Rypien lucked his way into a Super Bowel….yes I said Bowel. Enjoy the season with your one legged QB & stiffs on D….remember you come to Philly….come get a taste diqweed

  38. kg827 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:21 AM

    The eagles had a deal in place with the 49ers which was to trade one of their second rounders for Colin kaepernik who was already drafted by the 49ers the year befor . they backed out of the trade because they thought they would be able to draft russel Wilson and not give up any picks by selecting him with their 3rd round pick but he was selected 13 picks ahead of them

  39. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 5:33 PM

    Who names their kid Colon?

    Especially with a last name like Krapernick.

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