Michael Vick gets his first start since 2006
Michael Vick is fixing to enjoy something he hasn’t experienced in a long time.
No. There isn’t an All White party scheduled. Not that we know of, any way.
Instead, Vick will start an NFL game for the first time since 2006 when the Philadelphia Eagles close out the preseason Thursday night against the New York Jets in Lincoln Financial Field. Granted, it’s just an exhibition, but it’s a chance for Vick to hone his skills before embarking on a season as the No. 2 behind Kevin Kolb. Eagles coach Andy Reid has elected to sit his starters, so Vick should get plenty of work.
“I really don't feel like I have anything to prove,” Vick said, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “I've just gotta go out and play my game, have fun playing the game. Not put too much pressure on myself, manage the game, and go out and have fun . . . The feeling (of starting) is pretty much the same. I've done this plenty of times. Go out there and execute, make some plays, put points on the board, get ready for (the season opener).”
Per Bowen, Vick enters the game as the team’s leading rusher in preseason with 100 yards on 12 carries. He’s scored a touchdown. Passing the ball hasn’t gone as smoothly for Vick. He’s 13-of-23 passing for 133 yards with three interceptions and an awful weak 33.7 passer rating.
“He'll get in and work with the second group this week,” Reid said. “I have a pretty good idea of what he can do, and where he's at, but this will be good to get him in and continue working his rhythm and balance and all of those things in the regular offense.”
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