If Michael Vick Fits, the New England Patriots Must Trade the Pick

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIMay 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 31:  Michael Vick #7 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in NFL action December 31, 2006 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 24-17.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Patriots are counting on Tom Brady's full recovery this season as well they should.  By all accounts medically he is on schedule. It is the mental aspect that may have doubt creeping in his mind.  Can he take the hit?  The what-if scenarios are astounding.

What-if Kevin O'Connell was forced to start.  Memories of the Drew Bledsoe injury which witnessed the birth of Tom "Terrific" come into play.  The only problem here is O'Connell has not taken a live professional snap.

The Patriots need insurance, veteran insurance at the quarterback spot.  Names like Brian Greise have come into play.  The most intriguing possibility out there is Michael Vick. Atlanta has made it known, that with the success of Matt Ryan he is not in their game plan.

Rumor has it that the Falcons are willing to entertain thoughts of acquiring a seventh round pick for him. The Patriots can, and may be willing to do that if necessary.

The recent incorporation of the "wildcat" offense that was so successful in Miami may have the Patriots leaning toward some variation of the play.

Can you envision Laurence Maroney or Fred Taylor lined up with Vick in the backfield?   The options are incredible.  You got Welker in the slot, Randy at one wide-out position, and Alex Smith coming at you.

This lineup gives the Patriots more experienced offensive capability than Miami.  After all, Miami is the only real threat in their division to their Super Bowl dreams.

Vick is also insurance so that they won't have to play a second year player who is clearly not ready to play.  Vick is a better fit than Griese. He is a mobile quarterback who can throw accurately and deep on the run.

Matt Cassell did not have the deep arm but his mobility showed the Patriots what could be possible with a quarterback who can make good reads while scrambling.


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