Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives

The following Eagles are inactive for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers: QB Matt Barkley, CB Bradley Fletcher, CB Shaun Prater, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly, DE Vinny Curry and TE Emil Igwenagu.

The inactives are the same as last week, with the addition of Fletcher, who is out with a concussion.

The Eagles re-signed veteran cornerback Brandon Hughes during the week, and he’ll be active. They have four corners active: Cary WilliamsBrandon Boykin, Jordan Poyer and Hughes.

Williams and Boykin are expected to start on the outside. It’ll be interesting to see what they do in nickel. Here are the options:

1. Keep Boykin on the outside and play either Poyer or safety Patrick Chung in the slot. In this scenario, Earl Wolff would likely join Nate Allen at safety.

2. Move Boykin inside, and play Hughes on the outside. My guess is this is the more likely scenario.

Elsewhere, Curry is inactive for the second straight week. The Eagles’ coaching staff and front office indicated during the week that Curry sat in Week 1 because the Redskins were more of a running team. But it seems more that they don’t see him fitting in their new scheme. The Eagles have six defensive linemen active: Fletcher Cox, Isaac Sopoaga, Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan, Damion Square and Clifton Geathers.

Once again, the Eagles go with two QBs in Michael Vick and Nick Foles. They have two backups active on the offensive line: Allen Barbre at Julian Vandervelde. Barbre filled in for a few snaps at left tackle last week for Jason Peters. If anyone but Jason Kelce goes down, Barbre figures to fill in. Vandervelde would fill in at Kelce.

The Eagles once again have all five wide receivers active: DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson and Jeff Maehl. Three tight ends will dress: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and James Casey. And three running backs: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk.

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  • PaoliBulldog

    Wife made a huge batch of chicken curry this weekend and I think we jinxed Vinny. Again.

  • Weapon Y

    If they’re not going to play Curry, they might as well trade him and watch him become the next Chris Clemons. Obviously, they’re going to get less in return for him than they spent. I’d hate to let someone with his talent go and play great like Clemons did in Seattle, but it’s better than getting nothing in return for him while he rides the bench.

  • Dan

    Vinny Curry killed it in the preseason and he didn’t even get a shot in the regular season? That’s crap.

    • GEagle

      It’s disappointing, but early enough to where we really don’t know why he is inactive….If this team really didn’t value him and wanted to trade him, then why not trade him in the preseason when he was killing it? His value would have never been higher then the PS…If they don’t value him, not trading him in the PS would indicate that they weren’t happy with the value that was being offered for him…well if they didn’t like the value, they know that they won’t get better value for him by making him inactive two weeks in a row…

      I get the impression that Chip values every single roster spot,.,I also get the impression that Chip wouldn’t be afraid to cut a young second round pick that shows potential if he didn’t fit the scheme..and I know that a guy who pressures the QB will fit any scheme. We were stuck with Juan do we forgot that every real defense these days are all forms of a hybrid, that will feature a plethora of schemes…there will be a package for a guy like Vinny in every defensive scheme in the NFL, if he is good enough. billy Davis is trying to build a pressure the QB defense, I don’t see how it’s even possible for him to not value and not be able to use Curry,,..which makes me get the feeling that things aren’t as they seem in regards to Vinny
      all these factors give me the impression that it’s more of a case of trying to get through to Curry. my best guess would be special teams contribution. I have never noticed Curry contributing on ST, but if Graham can make a contribution then I don’t see any reason why Vinny shouldn’t be able to? Giving Curry a dose of tough love, makes more sense to me then wanting to trade him yet making him inactive…

      We play pass happy Andy with 3 days rest…would make sense to get a fresh Curry into that game…but if he sits again Thursday, and then sits in Denver(where a pass rush will never be more crucial), then I would have to re-evaluate my stance on it….I can see a few Deactivations early on to get through to a player, but 3 or 4 would have to make me re-evaluate things

      this front office has shown to much business Savy for me to just easily believe they are trying to trade a talented kid who they are devaluing more and more every week…It’s just bad business, and doesn’t strike me as the way this front office operates….

      I don’t understand why we Kept Emil, if he is going toe a weekly deact…the guy is pretty close to a finished product…it’s not like they don’t want to lose him because he is sill improving drastically

      • OregonDucker

        Fipp has the final say on ST composition. This is where Vinny is getting sidelined. This might not happen each game but it is an important consideration. Maybe Vinny will get a break next time.

  • Guest

    I have to assume in playing Phillip Rivers today the Eagles don’t have much faith in Curry’s pass rushing abilities if they leave him inactive in what’s sure to be a pass happy San Diego team today they can’t claim as they did last week it’s because he was a weak run defender. .

  • Bobby

    Hey guys, I won’t pretend to know what they’re thinking is with Curry. I will give my opinion that this might be a redshirt year for him. He’s talented, so I think they like him. I think they need him to put on more weight for next season to play a 3-4 DE. So he will use this season to prepare for next season, and will only play when he is desperately needed, like if there is an injury. That’s just my 2 cents.

  • Ed

    Vinny is definitely in the Doghouse! He was the Birds best pass rusher in the Pre-Season, but looks more and more like Coach is making an example of him. Chip might as well trade him for a pick and then we can all watch him blossom as a Starter on some other team. I wonder what he did to merit a DNP the 1st 2 weeks?

  • Mr. Wu

    If they dont play curry against rivers they are never gonna play him….that sucks

  • Q

    This coaching staff knows what its doing in regards to Vinny Curry. People on here raged because preseason all star LB McCoy got released. Right now he isn’t even on a NFL roster.

    • morgan c

      They know what they are doing? How can you say that after watching a completely ineffective pass-rush today? Rivers had all day and Geathers, Square, Thornton et al showed absolutely nothing against the run or pass. After the first game, okay, they get the benefit of the doubt. But after this game, no more. Not playing one of your better pass-rushers is just dumb.

  • GEagle

    in regards to the Vinny Curry trade assumptions….I don’t see it! This is a Marathon!!!

    keep in mind that we are only dressing 6 Dlinemen, and Curry is the only NFL linemen we have in case of an injury. these 6 Dlinemen won’t all play 16 games. if you are ONLY dressing 6, it would be pretty stupid to not have a 7th game ready linemen waiting in the wings for when someone misses game time….Vinny can not only backup Dlinemen, but he can add depth to OLB in case Cole or Graham get hurt….So I think these rushing to trade him assumptions are seriously overblown. my guess is Curry is n Eagle ATleast until 2014

  • morgan c

    Sheil and Tim, can you please address the Vinny Curry situation? It is completely unacceptable that he isn’t playing now, especially since our pass rush was terrible against the Chargers. We absolutely needed him to help apply pressure. Rivers had all day and had a career game. Our defensive line was pushed around and played soft, to be honest. Please try to get an answer out of Billy Davis. This guys showed way more than any lineman minus Cox in the pre-season, and it just baffles my mind that he is inactive again. Completely ridiculous.

  • HowieDon’tKnow

    Face it: we again have a terrible defense and Curry can’t get on the field. Our coaches are looking for difference makers and he isn’t one. Another wasted pick.