PASS-RUSHER VINNY CURRY MAY GIVE EAGLES LINEBACKER DEPTH

Look for Curry (left) and Connor Barwin to line up side by side at linebacker.

By Peter Gleason

Okay Chip Kelly, Eagles Supreme Leader, Marcus Smith is out for two or three weeks with a hammy, so how will you get any linebacker depth?

The depth chart will show Bryan Braman, basically a career special teamer and Brad Jones, who began his career outside but has been more efficient inside.

“I don’t say it’s a concern,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said before Smith’s injury. “It’s trying to figure out who all those guys are. We knew two proven ones in Brandon and Connor and then who is the third is really going to be the big question for us. That’s what we’re trying to find out here in this preseason.”

He said that before Smith got hurt, so the former first-round pick certainly didn’t have the job.

Vinny Curry might.

The third-down pass rusher, who recorded nine sacks in 32 percent playing time in 2014, has been getting more work at Graham’s “Predator” position since camp started.

Even though Smith got more work at Barwin’s “Jack” position, it looks like Curry will be the No. 3 man at least until further notice.

“I would think so,” Curry said of being the third OLB. “I kind of like it. They told me they’re trying to find ways to get me on the field more. And I want to be on the field more.”

Curry has shown pass-rush prowess as a defensive end when the team goes to a four-man front. He’s even taken snaps an inside pass rusher in the same front. Standing up and rushing shouldn’t be a problem. And the 6-3, 279-pound end is working on his back peddling for the rare times when he may have to be in coverage.

“I can do it,” Curry said. “I just have to keep working on it.”

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