The 35-year-old Vick is a far cry from the star he once was, and he’s coming off a season in which he was largely disappointing when he played for the Jets. But he was the best veteran quarterback available to the Steelers when Gradkowski got hurt.
If Roethlisberger stays healthy, Vick may never see the field in Pittsburgh. But if Roethlisberger goes down, the Steelers know they have a backup with experience.
Vick struggles to stay healthy himself, especially because of his reckless running style. He's always had a strong arm, and given the talent around him should he see the field, the potential is there for him to put up fantasy numbers in this offense.
Michael Vick said all along that a training camp injury would open a door for him to get back into the NFL.
That may have happened over the weekend.
Vick will be visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first reported the development.
His visit may have been caused by an injury to backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who left Sunday's game with a hand injury that will reportedly require surgery. This seems to be the ideal backup situation for Vick should the Steelers end up signing him. Unlike his short tenure in New York, he will not be forced into an awkward dual role of mentor and top competitor, the story said. Should something happen to Ben Roethlisberger, and Vick was indeed signed as the backup, he would have a ton of fantasy value in this impressive offense loaded with weapons.
Sunday, April 5, 2015, 8:30pm
Rex Ryan has stressed all offseason that the quarterback position will be an open competition in training camp for the Buffalo Bills. Should we believe him?
After all, it was just last August that Ryan and the Jets staged a faux competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick. The Jets stacked the deck so far in Smith's favor that Vick wouldn't even play along, publicly disagreeing with the coaching staff's notion that he was competing for a starting job.
Fast forward to present day, and Ryan is facing a familiar problem with a new team. EJ Manuel, like Smith, is a high 2013 draft pick who's struggled in his first two seasons and was benched in his second season. Matt Cassel, like Vick, is a 30-something veteran with past success.
"You look at Matt Cassel, obviously he's won in this league," said Ryan, according to The Buffalo News. "He's been a Pro Bowl-quarterback, so there's that experience that you have.
Ryan went on to say that he won't throw out Manuel after just two years and pointed out that Aaron Rodgers never took a snap for three years. From a coaching standpoint, Manuel may not have a lot of motivation if Cassel is named the starter at this point in the year, but it sure seems like that's where the team is heading.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:10pm
LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), T Nate Garner (illness)
T Ja'Wuan James (neck)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), RB John Conner (groin), WR Eric Decker (toe), DE Leger Douzable (ankle), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (illness), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), QB Michael Vick (right wrist, illness)
With Clay unlikely to play again, Dion Sims will get the start. He had four catches for 31 yards filling in last week. The good news for Miami is RB Lamar Miller and WR Mike Wallace are both listed as probable. For the Jets, TE Jace Amaro is out as he goes through concussion protocol. Meanwhile, WR Eric Decker, RBs Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson Bilal Powell and QB Michael Vick are all probable in what could be a tough matchup against a solid Dolphins defense.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Jets QB Michael Vick (right wrist) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday. Geno Smith is expected to start in Week 13.
Ryan met with Smith and Michael Vick on Wednesday morning and informed them of the decision. Ryan likes to say that all decisions are organizational decisions, but this choice suggests that General Manager John Idzik had a far greater say and it bodes poorly for Ryan’s job security.
Starting Smith on Monday – and the rest of the season, it seems – gives Idzik another, perhaps final, opportunity to evaluate the quarterback he drafted in the second round last year.
The Jets offense is a mess and Smith won't be startable in a bad matchup with the Dolphins on Monday night. It may be good news for Eric Decker long term. In the five games in which Smith attempted more than 15 passes (and Decker played at least 60% of the snaps), Decker averaged 4.6 receptions for 61 yards and 0.60 TD on 8.0 targets per game. The arrival of Percy Harvin may change this dynamic, but Decker has posted solid fantasy numbers with Smith under center. We wouldn't want to use any of the Jets players this week in a tough matchup, however.
Jets WR Eric Decker initially hurt his hamstring early in training camp. The injury then flared up in Week 2 against the Packers. Since then, Decker has been managing the pain. But after the bye week, Decker said he now feels as if he’s healthy again.
“I feel like I’m back how I felt prior to the injury in the Green Bay game,” Decker said. “I feel like I’ve got a little more bounce in my step and I’m not thinking about it every time I make a cut with my hamstring that it’s going to get aggravated. It’s back to where I’m just playing football and just having fun.”
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Jets QB Geno Smith (right shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Michael Vick will get the start, but if he struggles, the team could hit the reset button on the Geno Smith Era.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Jets QB Michael Vick (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Vick is a Sneaky Start against the Steelers, who have given up a lot of points to quarterbacks in the last few weeks.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Jets QB Michael Vick (foot) took full practice reps again Thursday. Vick is practicing in full and will start against the Steelers.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Jets QB Michael Vick (foot) practiced fully Wednesday. Vick will start against the Steelers.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:35pm
Nick Foles' broken collarbone could cost him a lot more than just the next six to eight weeks of the season.
Citing people with knowledge of the Eagles' plans, NJ.com's Mark Eckel reports Foles' long-term Philadelphia future was already in doubt prior to the injury.
"I think (general manager Howie Roseman) is looking at quarterbacks," a league source told NJ.com. "He's kind of soured on Foles, and I don't think he's alone. The organization isn't sold that he's the guy going forward."
Foles was drafted by the Andy Reid regime. When Kelly took over, he immediately restructured Michael Vick's deal and drafted Matt Barkley, hardly the actions of a talent evaluator with a high opinion of Foles.
If the team's waning faith in Foles is a surprise, it's due only to their first-place standing in the NFC East. Plagued by poor footwork, scattershot accuracy and questionable decision-making, Foles has been outplayed by the opposing quarterback in the majority of games this season.
Foles' current contract is soon coming to an end and the Eagles were going to need to make a decision on his future anyway. Foles' injury is pretty much a free chance to get a feel for what Mark Sanchez can do without having to bench Foles - which was the feeling of some beat writers if Foles continued to play poorly against Houston before he got hurt. As strange as it sounds, and despite the Eagles sitting in first place, it's very possible next season's QB isn't even on the roster.
Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:08pm
The Jets’ top two quarterbacks, Michael Vick and Geno Smith, are both dealing with aches, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see third-stringer Matt Simms in Sunday’s home game against the Steelers.
Vick will start the game, and should be good to go, barring any setbacks this week to his lingering foot injury that had him limping after Sunday’s loss at the Chiefs – his first start with the Jets. Vick left the game for a series after banging his head on the turf, but he returned once he was cleared by the NFL’s concussion examination procedures.
“He had a foot injury that I think we’re more concerned with than the other (head injury),” Ryan said. “He passed the concussion protocol and all that. If anything, he’s got a foot that keeps getting stepped on. I think that’s the biggest concern right now.”
Vick started for the first time this season and made one big improvement over the previous week by not turning the ball over at all in the 24-10 loss. He completed 21-of-28 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown, which was enough to keep him in the job despite the fact that he couldn’t move the offense when the game was still in doubt in the second half.
“I thought he played well, so we’ll give him another shot against Pittsburgh,” Ryan said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “As long as he’s healthy.”
As the story also pointed out, the health proviso makes sense since Vick left the game for a short time in the fourth quarter after banging his head on the turf after taking a hit, but he returned to the game after passing through evaluation for a concussion and earned the chance to run the show again next week.
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