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Vick Baffles in Eagles Debut

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Michael Vick ran onto the field for six plays in his first NFL action since December, 2006, and received mostly cheers from the notoriously tough Philadelphia crowd. Vick played in the first half, and completed all four of his passes for 19 yards. He ran the Wildcat and added a rushing yard, but Vick's presence seemed to slow the Eagles' offense more than confuse the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense.

It's hard to say Mike looked good or bad. Two of his completions were shovel passes which are basically forward laterals, and another was a wide receiver screen down the line of scrimmage. That leaves a 13-yard pass that zipped between two defenders en route to Hank Baskett as Vick's only downfield throw. Awesome.

The third preseason game is supposed to be a dress rehearsal. The starters play longer minutes and the team starts to gel. That wasn't the case for the Eagles. They won the game 33-32, but Philly was sluggish during the McNabb-Vick QB trade-off. After the game Donovan said it was tough to get the offense going because of the quarterback changes. There was no rhyme or reason to Andy Reid's use of Michael Vick, which might have been the plan, but it made for sloppy play from the Eagles.

There's no telling when Roger Goodell will reinstate Michael Vick but we all know he won't be playing in week one. So why did Reid waste valuable snaps on a guy he most likely won't be able to use until week six? I have no idea. Vick can have the majority of the snaps in the fourth preseason game, and although he won't be playing with the starters, it'll allow him to shake off some of the rust without disrupting the team. The Eagles have a few weeks to figure out how and when to use Vick. The problem will have to be solved quickly if Philadelphia wants to keep their Super Bowl aspirations alive.

By H. Gore  |  August 28, 2009; 9:26 AM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Crime , Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Roger Goodell , Tony Dungy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You have no idea why Reid 'waste valuable snaps on a guy he most likely won't be able to use until week six?

WOW! You're not into football are you . . . every position on the team get to play in PRESEASON! Anyways adding Vick can't be a bad thing, except maybe for Redskin fans!

Posted by: jimi4real | August 28, 2009 11:45 AM

No idea? Considering it's the lead story from here to Taiwan I guess it's because of the free publicity. You actually work for a newspaper, right?

Posted by: hc2254 | August 28, 2009 6:44 PM

The trick plays that Vick will be part of will only happena few times a game, so you don't want to reveal them in preseason, and you can't waste preseason time on them when the first string (which is having O line problems as it is) needs to get timing right. Keep Vick out of the game until the starters are on the bench resting.

Posted by: atp2007 | August 28, 2009 11:05 PM

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