Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is now 31, and is coming off his best season by a mile. He completed 63 percent of his passes, up seven percent from his previous high. Playing in just 12 games, he set career bests in passing yards (3,018) and touchdown passes (21) and finished second in the MVP voting.
He fell off down the stretch, however. In losses to the Vikings and Packers, Vick struggled against the blitz and lost his ability to dodge oncoming freight trains with the same frequency.
The coaching staff, as a result, has blitzed the heck out of Vick during training camp. The focus has been on identifying where trouble is coming from, and knowing just where to throw the counterpunch. As evidenced in his cameo Thursday against Baltimore, Vick is working on his read and react time.
"It actually felt like the game slowed down a little bit, which is crazy," said Vick. "But maybe we’re just playing faster, which is great. I know practicing now against our defense, practicing against those guys has made us better in so many different ways."
Fantasy coaches ought to be very excited that Vick thinks the Eagles offense is getting even better, because he was sensational in 2010. The only reason for pause remains the absence of Jeremy Maclin.