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On Michael Vick’s second drop-back of the preseason, he was sacked by Steelers defensive tackle Steve McLendon, who threw him to the ground.
On his fifth drop-back, Vick felt pressure from his front side, stepped up in the pocket, let go of the ball and slammed his thumb against Jason Kelce’s helmet.
A reasonable question to ask is: Why was Vick so close to Kelce when he released the football?
When Michael Vick raced off the field and towards the sidelines, he feared the worst.
Coming off a season in which he missed three games completely and failed to finish two others, Vick has been fielding questions about his health for months now. So when he stepped up in the pocket, targeted Clay Harbor and banged his hand against Jason Kelce’s helmet, worry started to creep in.
Michael Vick admits he was somewhat surprised.
Three days after Andy Reid found out his son had died, and 24 hours after laying him to rest, the Eagles head coach was back on the practice fields at Lehigh.
“I was a bit surprised, but everybody is entitled to what they want to do, and how they feel,” Vick said. “We don’t know what he’s feeling or his means of dealing with certain things. Everybody deals with situations differently.”
As the national media continue to check in and out of Lehigh on their training camp tours, the consensus seems to be that the Eagles are a strong contender in the NFC.
The betting public clearly believes that, as the over/under for Eagles wins is at 10.5. Only the Patriots and Packers have higher totals.
But it looks like others in the league, specifically one coach, are buying into the Birds too this season.
When asked if he could see himself helping the Eagles in short yardage or goal-line situations, Bryce Brown didn’t hesitate to deliver a clear answer.
“I can see myself doing anything the coaches ask me to do,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what it is, I can see myself doing it.”
That’s the right attitude to take when you’re a seventh-round pick trying to make the 53-man roster.
When the first training camp fight of the year began to spread like wildfire, Michael Vick decided to step in and try to restore order. He immediately regretted his decision.
“Not no more. That’s over and done with. Can’t play peacemaker no more,” said Vick, fresh off one of the more spirited practices in recent memory. “I try to keep everything pretty much diplomatic around here but you can’t always do that. Tempers are going to flare and there’s a little attitude sometimes when you’re in the trenches, so I’ve got to stay out of there. I’m not strong enough to be in there.”
It wasn’t long into Sunday’s afternoon practice before a heavyweight bout broke out.
A little hazy on just how Michael Vick and Jason Kelce plan to split the responsibilities at the line of scrimmage this season, Birds 24/7 caught up with Kelce after Sunday’s walkthrough to get coached up.
Thanks to a detailed explanation, we learned that Vick – while maintaining final say – has been relieved of a good chunk of responsibility. Much falls on the shoulders of the second-year center.
There were no defenders on the field, and the Eagles were not wearing pads. But let the record show that on July 27, 2012, at around 3:21 p.m., Michael Vick slid.
And then he celebrated.
As Vick was running, someone in the crowd yelled for the Eagles’ quarterback to slide. Whether he heard the person or not, I don’t know. But Vick got down on the ground, popped back up and tossed the football up in the air as the crowd went wild. He then ran back to his teammates, shared a laugh with Jason Kelce, and that was that.
Baby steps, my friends. Baby steps.
Among the many who feel Michael Vick needs to tweak his style of play for the Eagles to be successful, we can now count the President of the United States.
Nnamdi Asomugha arrived at Lehigh Wednesday afternoon and discussed how he’s been spending his time since the Eagles ended OTAs and mini-camps in June. The Birds’ starting cornerback spent some time with Barack Obama recently, and the pair actually talked football.
Asked if Obama had any advice for the Eagles, Asomugha, surprisingly, said yes.
“He told me to tell Vick to slide,” Asomugha said with a laugh.
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LeSean McCoy arrived at training camp weighing in at 211 pounds and proclaiming that he is in better shape than he was in last year, when he soared up the rankings to become one of the best backs in the game. The goal, he says, is to take the next step.
“Next step, I want to be considered as the best back in the league,” said McCoy. “I think I have a lot of room for improvement. Guys talk about players as the best backs — you probably say [Adrian Peterson] or [Arian] Foster or [Ray] Rice. I want to be one of them guys at the end of the day where they say, “McCoy.”