Curry, a second-round pick in 2012, was the Eagles pass rusher who flashed most often on film last season. His initial get-off is impressive, especially for a 279-pounder who stands 6-foot-3 (a frame that doesn’t naturally lend itself to low leverage). He amplifies that burst with quickness, both in hands and lateral agility. That might sound highly specific, and it is. But any offensive lineman will tell you, lateral agility in a pass rusher is what makes it most difficult to deliver clean contact.
A few months ago, I was studying film with an NFC East offensive lineman. I asked him who were the two toughest players he faced last season. One was Cameron Jordan. The other? You guessed it (but only because you’re reading this story). That offensive lineman also didn’t understand why Curry played only 35 percent of Philly’s snaps in 2015, the 16th-most on their defense.