By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With just two games left in the 2012 season, the Eagles are getting extended looks at a lot of the young faces on the roster. That includes a 2012 second-round pick out of Marshall, defensive end Vinny Curry.
This opportunity is extra special for Curry as he grew up in Neptune, New Jersey rooting for the Eagles.
“Aw man, it definitely feels awesome (being an Eagle),” Curry tells KYW Newsradio. ” Any way I can help the team out, the best way I can, so I definitely feel great.”
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While Curry was a high draft pick, it took a long time for him to make his way on the field. He was deactivated for the season’s first ten games.
“It was difficult at first,” Curry says. “But we’ve got good leadership in our room, so those guys stuck with me and worked with me everyday. Just got left out by a numbers game. But I think good things come to people that wait, so that’s the only thing, tried to look at it in a positive way.”
Curry finally made that long anticipated NFL debut in that Monday night game with Carolina on November 26th, finishing with five tackles. Was he worried, after sitting on the sidelines for so long, about trying to do too much once he finally got out there?
“No,” Curry says. “Because I didn’t want to try and do too much that would lead me back to the bench. So I just was going out there, doing what I was suppose to do and had an awesome game.”
Looks like Curry and the rest of that Eagles defensive line will be trying to contain Redskins’ rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III on Sunday. After sitting out last week’s win in Cleveland with a knee sprain, Griffin III practiced in full on Wednesday and while nothing is official, it is looking more and more like he will be back for Sunday. With Griffin III, the Redskins are a dangerous read-option offense, and Curry talks about what the defense of the Eagles has to do to contain it.
“Definitely starts with discipline,” Curry says. “Robert Griffin III is a good player, the way they do the read option, you’ve just got to be disciplined and pay a lot of attention to detail.”
Curry did not play in the first Eagles/Redskins game back on November 18th, a game that Washington won 31-6.
Curry has nine tackles this season, and he says he has learned a lot as a rookie.
“Biggest lesson I’ve learned here as a rookie is that when you blink your eye, anything can happen. In college, you anticipate everything, you kind of know what’s about to happen next. But in the NFL, anything can happen at any given moment.”
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