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Vinny Curry's veteran savvy should complete the NY Jets defensive line.
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New York Jets edge player Vinny Curry has skills, including intelligence and strength, that should complete the defensive line.

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New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas struck early and often this past free-agency season. It helped deliver the likes of Carl Lawson and Corey Davis—two guys the organization is hoping will assume star status in the coming years.

Fortunately for the team’s depth, the man some of the kids call “G.M. Joe” also struck later during the free agency period. This is where veteran edge player Vinny Curry—who signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Jets—comes into focus.

Although Curry is largely overlooked by media pundits and even some Jet fans, he provides the Jets depth and defensive deployment versatility, all while doing what he does best: getting after the quarterback from the outside.

Curry hasn’t put up gaudy numbers over the last few years, but when considering his production vs. the number of snaps, his sack total, quarterback hits and pressures, he is still a very effective player. 

Let’s take a look at some plays showcasing Curry’s major strengths and weaknesses. Below, you will also find a full list of strengths and weaknesses.

As usual, the full Blewett’s Blitz film breakdown is near the bottom of this article (over 50 minutes in length).

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Highlighted strength: Power

Vinny Curry shows off power, effort and technique in this play.

Curry (wide 5/7-tech on right) takes two steps upfield as the left tackle takes an aggressive 45-degree set as the Cowboys run play-action. Curry then angles inside while landing his right hand into the chest of the tackle, who moves his left hand under the right elbow and “forks” it upward to remove it from having any contact with Curry.

Curry continues to work inside as he takes his right hand off as the left tackle )”drops his post”), as Curry doesn’t want to reach for contact.

He then resets his hands correctly while working into the left tackle in order to push him off and keep his angle towards the quarterback. Curry notices Ezekiel Elliott working back to him, keeps his left clear and uses it to wipe away Zeke’s punch. Curry continues to drive his feet, eventually making his way to the quarterback for the sack.

The Jets signed this man to a cost-effective contract to play a lesser role. Folks, the Jets are deep on the defensive line—as the rest of this article and full video film breakdown proves.

Highlighted strength: Smarts

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