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Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 8:20pm
Michael Vick is back in the NFL, as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup.
The Steelers announced this evening that they have signed Vick and placed Bruce Gradkowski, who had been slated as the backup quarterback, on injured reserve.
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.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 4:15pm
Ben Roethlisberger is coming off perhaps his best overall statistical NFL season, one in which he matched Drew Brees for the NFL lead in total yards passing with 4,952 to go along with 32 touchdown passes. The offense returns intact and, with young receivers such as Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton emerging, it could be even better.
Roethlisberger is now 33, so there is a question regarding how long he can play at a high level. Also, without LeVeon Bell in the playoffs last season, he and the Pittsburgh offense struggled. As of this writing, Bell remains suspended for the first three games of the season, so the offense could sputter early.
After Bryant was inserted into the lineup following a Week 6 loss at Cleveland last year, the Steelers’ offense average 29.9 points per game the rest of the season, including the playoffs. Look for more of that as Roethlisberger now has total command of Todd Haley’s offense. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be a top-five quarterback this season, both in reality and fantasy football. 5,000 yards and 35 touchdown passes are within reach. He’s played in all 16 games in two consecutive seasons, so injuries aren’t as big a concern as they were earlier in his career as well.
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