Updates from Monday, May 5
Michael Vick will be wearing No. 1 for the Jets next season after working out an agreement with punter Ryan Quigley according to of NJ.com:
Quigley agreed to give Vick No. 1 under the condition that Vick would pay $10,000 – to a couple charities, according to an email announcement Monday from a public relations company that represents Vick.
Vick will make the donation in Quigley’s name to Teen Angel of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and to the Boys & Girls Club of New York. Quigley, who attended North Myrtle Beach High School, played at Boston College. Last year was his first with the Jets. It was his second season in the NFL. He has yet to choose a new jersey number.
In Monday’s announcement, Vick said, “I looked at the available numbers and thought I would go with No. 8 for my new start with the Jets. It just didn't look right. I didn’t feel right. I started talking with Ryan about No. 1. I think it's great that Ryan was willing to change as long as it was for a good cause. I loved his idea."
The New York Jets can officially start selling Michael Vick jerseys in the team shop.
The left-handed quarterback will wear No. 1 next season, after originally trying out No. 8. The news came directly from the source:
After trying on the #8 I decided that it's not the right fit for me. I'll be going with the #1 officially. Thank You #JetsNation— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) May 2, 2014
Who will be the starting quarterback in New York?
The No. 1 is certainly an interesting choice for Vick, as he will presumably compete with incumbent starter Geno Smith for the No. 1 spot on the quarterback depth chart. Vick threw for 1,215 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Philadelphia Eagles through only seven games before being plagued by injury.
He is always a threat to make plays with his legs, but he's now 33 years old—a starting gig may not be in the cards.
Still, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy believes Vick will earn that starting nod due to his ability and leadership skills, according to the New York Post (via ESPN.com):
Vick is going to be the starting quarterback this year. He's way better than Geno Smith. Way better. That's no contest.
He'll definitely be a leader in the locker room. Who smoothed over a lot of that Riley Cooper incident? Mike Vick -- a great player who's been through some negative moments and is now positive about it. He's a great [veteran], and he'll help the team out in that way.
Vick also has experience in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s system, which will help his cause.
However, Smith started every game for the Jets last season and is much younger. If nothing else, more experience will help him become a better quarterback down the road.
For now, all we know is regardless of whether Vick is No. 1 or No. 2 on the depth chart come the fall, he will be wearing No. 1 on his back.