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Michael Vick’s career has been a rollercoaster ride. With Atlanta he was the most electrifying players in the league with a cannon for an arm and running back type moves at the quarterback position. After his three-year absence from the game, lots of teams passed on signing Michael Vick. Philadelphia got him for a bargain.
The time away from the game changed him greatly. He isn’t the same quarterback that he was in Atlanta. Frighteningly he has become an even better player. Vick has become more patient in the passing game and looks to throw first. If he can’t find a target, he takes off and tears defenses apart with his legs.
When Vick is at his best it is awfully difficult to stop him. Start blitzing him and he’ll get rid of the ball quickly to his receivers. Play conservative defense and he has plenty of time to survey the field and decide whether to hit an open receiver or to scramble.
The Eagles are the favorites to sign Vick and if he stays in Philadelphia, he has a lot of offensive firepower. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin can fly, and Brent Celek is a reliable tight end. Don’t forget LeSean McCoy and the running game. If Vick returns to Philadelphia, he knows that he will be the starter from day one and the Eagles will have one of the best offenses in the NFL.
Even on his own Vick can carry a team. Last year he finished second in MVP voting to Tom Brady with 3,018 yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 676 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, only six interceptions and a 62.6 percent completion rate.
Injuries were a bit of an issue for him last season but now Vick has learned to slide or run out of bounds to try and avoid getting hit. His rib injuries were caused by his reckless scrambles but don’t expect him to miss as many games this season.