When Vinny Curry came off the field after the first day of training camp for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, he had a big smile on his face. Curry is very enthusiastic about being back in Philadelphia after playing one year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s looking forward to getting back and being a solid contributor on the Eagles defense.

“I feel good,” Curry said. “I feel great. A lot of work to be done. I’m just trying to get in where I can fit in.”

Curry has always been a good fit for the Eagles. He was a second round pick of the Eagles coming out of Marshall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played his first six seasons as a terrific pass rushing defensive end and a pretty good run stopper.

With Curry back in the fold, the Eagles have some depth along the defensive line. In addition to Curry, the Eagles have Brandon Graham, Malik Jackson, Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, Tim Jernigan, Shareef Miller, Josh Sweat and others. Curry is very impressed with the talent up front.

“It’s good,” said Curry, a 6-foot-3, 279-pounder. “We got new pieces. It just feels good. You know, once we get deep rolling into training camp, we’ll be all right. I’m just trying to get the technique and everything back under my feet. Obviously, being a year out this defense some things are a little rusty. I got a lot to work on to get where I want to be.”

Curry has played some great football over the years. In 2014, he showed everybody how good a pass rusher he was for the Eagles. He had a career-high nine sacks, which was second on the team to Connor Barwin who had 14.5 that year. Over the next two years, he did a nice job of getting to the quarterback as well as playing the run. In 2015, he had 26 total and 16 solo tackles , 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. In 2016, he recorded 27 total and 19 solo tackles with 6 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

In 2017, he had magnificent season garnering 48 total and 32 solo tackles with 13 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Moreover, he had 10 total and six solo tackles and nine quarterback hurries during the Eagles run to the Super Bowl. In fact, he had five total tackles in the Eagles’ 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Curry has noticed a difference between this year’s team, which many experts feel is one of the most talented Eagle teams in years, and the team that won the Super Bowl.

“We know what it feels like to be there and get to it,” Curry said. “At the end of the day, we’re just grinding take it one day at a time, one leg in front of the other. Have a shot at the tournament and once we get into the tournament, it’s a whole new phase of things. So, this is where it starts.”

It starts in training camp, which got underway on Thursday.

dhunt@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5719

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