Michael Vick found himself in a new role this weekend during the Philadelphia Eagles minicamp. One he’s never been in before.
Vick operated as the No. 2 quarterback behind Kevin Kolb. That’s something he obviously didn’t do a year ago when he was an August addition as a wildcat quarterback. It didn’t happen in Atlanta, either, where he was anointed the starter from Day 1 after being the No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft.
Now, Vick has a role as the backup quarterback, one we’ll admit we didn’t see him filling this season with the team.
“It’s different running with the twos,” Vick said, according to the Delaware County Times. “I never had to do that before. Even when I got here last year I was running with the threes but that was expected.
“Now, I’m running with the two’s and it’s full-time and this is my permanent job. So it’s a different feel but at the same time what I say to myself is just try to get better as a quarterback.”
Whether the Eagles are set at quarterback now remains to be seen. It would appear that way. The team has basically written off the idea of bringing in veteran Jeff Garcia. Maybe that’s not such a bad idea. He wasn’t shy in his desire to play last year in Oakland. Granted, he deserved a job – any job – over JaMarcus Russell, but maybe the Eagles don’t want to risk Garcia lobbying for time in the event Kolb stumbles.
If Vick is the No. 2 quarterback, it will be interesting to see if the Eagles are more hesitant to consider him for a wildcat role knowing that one hit could leave a rookie as the No. 2 behind Kolb. The beauty of it all is that we’ve got four months to break it down.
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