Here’s this week’s roundup of national media coverage. Read more »
This time last offseason Michael Vick was splitting first-team reps with Nick Foles. And given the little that we knew about Chip Kelly‘s offense, you couldn’t help but think Vick had the leg up. Day after day we saw the Eagles practice the zone read, over and over. The QB would cross paths with the running back and, depending on how the defense responded, would either complete the handoff or keep it and head for the edge. This didn’t seem to be a particularly good sign for Foles, who once said: “If I can adapt I want to, but I’m not a zone read quarterback. Some people are gifted with different things, that’s just not one of my skill sets.”
Kelly phrased it this way at the beginning of training camp last season: “To be honest with you, if I called 20 read options with Nick Foles in the game, you should fire me. We’re talking about practice right now. I think we’ve got to figure out who our quarterback is before we understand the direction of where our offense is going.”
It took some time to get the QB position settled, but it eventually blossomed in the hands of Foles. And while Foles never kept it 20 times in a game (the most rushes he had in a single outing was nine), the zone read didn’t go away. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Eagles ran the zone read 304 times during the regular season — 135 times more than the next highest team. About 60 percent of those came when Vick was out of the lineup. Read more »
During his appearance on Mike & Mike, Vick was asked why the Eagles might be looking to move on from the 27-year-old receiver.
“Chip Kelly is a leader. I think you have to know Chip Kelly to understand what kind of person he is,” said Vick.”DeSean is not a bad person by any stretch, but I think certain organizations want things done a certain way. DeSean is a very productive player and everybody has a lot of respect for him but at the end of the day, Chip Kelly’s decision and what he’s going to do is his decision.” Read more »
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says the Birds are expected to sign Sanchez, who was recently let go by the Jets. We were told that a signing is not yet imminent, mainly because there is still a medical evaluation process to go through. The 27-year-old missed the entire 2013 campaign after injuring his throwing shoulder in the preseason. He had labrum surgery back in October. The Jets designated Sanchez’s release as a “failed physical.” Read more »
After signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets Friday evening, Michael Vick was asked about a potential reunion with DeSean Jackson.
“If there’s an opportunity to get DeSean,” Vick said, via the New York Daily News, “I’m pretty sure the New York Jets fans would be in high favor of that. But who knows? It takes a lot to make a trade happen. …It’s not for us as players to try to decide. Hopefully everything works out for DeSean. If he is up in New York, we’ll be happy – just as happy as he will be. But who knows? We can’t say.” Read more »
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From @MKevinBonner: Are the Eagles planning to sign a vet backup QB or will they roll with Barkley? ?
Michael Vick is scheduled to visit with the Jets Friday. Seems like a very logical landing spot to me. If he’s off the market, the top five available quarterbacks (per Rotoworld) are Josh Freeman, Shaun Hill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kolb (who is expected to retire) and Colt McCoy. I don’t see anyone who would be an obvious choice over Barkley, who the Eagles seem to have some confidence in. Read more »
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks isn’t buying into the narrative that DeSean Jackson is a drag on the locker room, according to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler.
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Judy Battista of NFL.com spoke with an NFL exec about the prospects of Michael Vick landing a starting job.
One NFL personnel executive said teams undoubtedly will rate Vick the best of a middling quarterback free-agent market — one likely to include Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel and Mark Sanchez — and the exec said he would rate him as a mid-tier starting quarterback, somewhere between 13 and 16. In a league with 32 teams, that’s better than half. Read more »
Jeffrey Lurie was front and center for Roger Goodell‘s state of the NFL press conference in New York Friday. Afterwards, he spoke with the NFL Network about the future of quarterbacks Nick Foles and Michael Vick, the possibility of Philadelphia hosting a Super Bowl, and more. Read more »