It took some time for Vinny Curry to adjust to the Philadelphia Eagles’ 3-4 scheme and fight through the depth chart, but Marshall Thundering Herd fans keeping tabs on the defensive end might be happy to know there is likely more playing time in his future.
According to the 700 Level, Curry made good use of his time on the field last year but was still adjusting to Philadelphia’s defensive schemes and was bouncing around between each end.
As Chris McPherson and Bo Wulf for PhiladelphiaEagles.com observed, Curry would sub in for Thornton in the Birds’ nickel package during Monday’s practice at the Linc. Geoff Mosher for CSNPhilly.com adds that Curry is under the impression it’s a full-blown competition there.
Curry wound up lining up for around 30 percent of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps last season, finishing with four sacks—tied for second on the team. However, he was flip-flopping between both ends, relieving Fletcher Cox on the right side a fair amount of time as well. The Eagles might be better served by simplifying things for Curry and giving him one responsibility.
With some experience and added weight under his belt, up to 279 pounds, his second year in the league will serve as a far better litmus test to his potential.
Earlier it looked like Lee Smith would be part of the walking wounded along with Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki at tight end. But with the first catch in preseason Hall of Fame Game, Lee looks like he’ll be just fine.
Aaron Dobson is still on the PUP list. Nothing new there.
Alex Bazzie isn’t afraid to wear green around the B.C. Lions practice facility. It has nothing to do with the rival Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Bazzie played his college football for the Marshall University Thundering Herd in West Virginia. In November of 1970, tragedy struck the school and Huntington community when a plane carrying almost the entire football team crashed only miles from a runway, killing 75 people on board.
“Playing for Marshall, it really made me humble. It showed me and helped me become a man,” said Bazzie, now a rookie defensive lineman with B.C
“That’s something that banded the school together. I wasn’t alive or even around in that era, but to see and hear everyone’s story, it seems like it really brought the community together. And that’s what made Huntington, Huntington after that.”
Bazzie has 12 tackles and four sacks so far this year in the Lions six games.
Whether it is the NFL, CFL, or XFL (Kidding about that last one.), it is always good to see former Herd players talking about Huntington in a positive light.