Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) missed practice again Friday. Michael Vick will draw another start on Monday night. With a few extra days to prepare, he should fare better than he did in Week 4.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown and QB Michael Vick weren't able to be on the same page as Brown's streak of 35 consecutive games with at least five receptions and 50 yards was snapped. Brown dropped a touchdown pass from Vick, and the two couldn't connect on a critical fourth-down pass in overtime that led to Baltimore's game-winning field goal.
“Last week, it just wasn't (Vick's) fault,” Brown said. “There is a lot of blame on me. I left a lot of plays out there. All of us are getting more comfortable, not just him. I am more confident and comfortable this week with him.”
Had Brown held on to the potential touchdown catch, we wouldn't be panicking about his situation with Vick. Still, the comfort level that Brown has with Ben Roethlisberger just isn't there with Vick. Brown is still a fantasy WR1, but he's not the sure bet that he seems to be with Roethlisberger under center.
Roethlisberger’s anterior cruciate ligament is still intact. He’ll likely miss four to six weeks with an MCL sprain and a bone bruise, with a return as early as Nov. 1 against the Bengals in Heinz Field. CBS Sports first reported the MCL injury.
Ben Roethlisberger has said this is the best supporting cast he has ever had, which should mean they can stand on their own without him. Now it’s time to test them, see if they can carry Big Ben while he’s out.
The offensive fireworks won’t light up the sky like they do when Roethlisberger leads the charge, the story said. That could mean a bit of a downgrade for Antonio Brown and the WRs. The writer said the team just wants to "hold on" until Ben returns. That could mean more emphasis on the running game with LeVeon Bell and even DeAngelo Williams. Vick can turn the ball over but has been part of big passing offenses when he was with the Eagles. The Steelers probably want to play things safe if at all possible, especially this week heading into short week with a Thursday night game against the Ravens. Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said via the team's website: "There is no timetable for his return, but Ben is a competitor and we are confident he will do everything in his power to return at the appropriate time."
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.
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