Michael Vick: 'I'll be a starter in this league again'
Destined to go from being the wildcat option to the No. 2 behind young starting quarterback Kevin Kolb hasn’t taken Michael Vick’s eyes off the prize.
He’s going to be a starter again in the National Football League. He believes as much, at least.
Vick could be in store for less playing time this season than he received last year as the backup to Kolb. That is because the Eagles might not want to risk injuring their insurance policy. That’s because Philly also drafted Northwestern’s Mike Kafka and one injury to Kolb and one injury to Vick running the wildcat and, well, then the Eagles are in trouble with a rookie.
The Eagles have paid Vick $1.5 million of the $5.25 million he will receive this season and as best as anyone can tell, yes, he’s going to be on the team this season. But when he looks to the future, he sees much more.
"Being a competitor, you always want to start," Vick told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I know in my future that's there for me. I'll be a starter in this league again. Right now, I'm just having fun honing my skills.
"My skills are back. I'm ready. I'm faster than I've ever been before. I'm quicker, light on my feet. So I guess somebody missed out this time around. But I'll make it work here, and they'll see."
What Vick’s value is in the league remains to be seen. The Eagles dangled him in the offseason and he drew next to no interest. There’s an awful lot of baggage still attached to Vick from his 18-month stint in federal prison on dogfighting charges.
Keeping a positive outlook is the best thing for him to do. If a chance materializes in Philly this season, perhaps he will take advantage of it and build some momentum as he heads to free agency. You never know.
"When I get back to (practicing more), I'm going to be dangerous," Vick said. "That's all I can say. I'll be dangerous."
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