Breaking Down Michael Vick's Runs vs. the Jaguars
On Friday, we looked at whether the Philadelphia Eagles should or shouldn't let Michael Vick take off more as a runner this season, concluding that too many green lights would probably be too risky with regard to Vick's short- and long-term health.
If what took place in the team's third preseason game Saturday is any indication, Vick and the coaching staff don't spend a lot of time reading the B/R NFC East blog.
Vick ran the ball seven times on 32 dropbacks (with one fumble also counting as a run) against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He barely played half of the game, and yet he nearly reached his carry average from his peak running years in Atlanta (7.5, 2004-2006).
To get a feel for all six runs and what kind of danger Vick could have encountered, let's look at each one.
Run 1: He picks up just two yards on an option play on 1st-and-10.
Run 2: He scrambles for five yards on a 3rd-and-18.
Run 3: He scrambles for 16 yards on 3rd-and-8.
Run 4: He scrambles for 12 yards on 1st-and-10.
Run 5: He scrambles for 10 yards on 2nd-and-5.
Run 6: He scrambles for eight yards on 3rd-and-15.
Ultimately, Vick took zero big hits as a result of five scrambles and one semi-designed run. Had he slid properly on his biggest run, it would have been a risk-free day with 50-plus yards rushing. That's gold.
Ideally, the pass protection would be stronger and he wouldn't have to run as often as he did, but he ran smart against the Jags and that's a good sign with the regular-season opener looming in two weeks.
Vick's entire effort Saturday was good, not great, but he excelled in terms of his ability to manage the offense from the pocket and gauge when and how to run.
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