Defensive lineman Vinny Curry is among the Eagles' six inactives for Monday night's opener. (AP)
LANDOVER, Md. -- Defensive lineman Vinny Curry, the Eagles’ second-round pick last year, is among the team’s six inactives for the season opener against the Redskins Monday night at FedEx Field.
Curry was one of the Eagles’ better pass rushers during the preseason, but run defense is not his strength, and facing a team that gained more rushing yards than anybody in the NFL last year -- 169 per game -- the Eagles went with run defenders Damion Square and Clifton Geathers over Curry on the game-day roster.
Curry was inactive for the first 10 games last year but played the last six games after Todd Bowles replaced Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator. He enjoyed a productive preseason with 1 1/2 sacks.
Also inactive are recent acquisition Shaun Prater, the cornerback the Eagles acquired last week; offensive linemen Matt Tobin; third-string quarterback Matt Barkley; and fourth tight end Emil Igwenagu.
Offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, who’s still not ready after preseason back surgery, is also inactive.
Because the Eagles’ roster is at 52 after the release of Brandon Hughes, they only had to declare six players inactive to reach the game-day roster limit of 46.
With head coach Chip Kelly placing a premium on special teams, the Eagles kept all three backup safeties (Earl Wolff, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson) and all four backup linebackers (Brandon Graham, Casey Matthews, Najee Goode, Jake Knott) active.
Redskins inactives are quarterbacks Pat White and Rex Grossman, tailback Evan Royster, safeties Brandon Meriweather and Jose Gumbs, offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus and nose tackle Chris Neild.
Reed Doughty is expected to start in place of Meriweather at strong safety.