Michael Vick Fantasy News
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:25am
Just talked to QB Michael Vick. As expected, his career will continue elsewhere. Very badly wants chance to start in 2014.
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Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am
“There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he was going to be great, I always told Shady McCoy that he was going to be a great player in this league, and I always told Roddy White. And now I’m saying Zach Ertz. And I think in time, he will be one of the best tight ends in this game.”
Ertz had all of five NFL catches at that point. Still working through a learning curve — steepened by his inability to participate in the offseason program because of graduation rules — the Stanford product played a limited role initially. He was featured more as the year went on and ended with 36 catches for 469 yards with four touchdowns. While we still have a ways to go before determining whether Vick’s intuition is correct, it’s fair to say that there are encouraging signs.
Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. Brent Celek is signed through 2016 and he's a far better run blocker than Ertz. James Casey is signed through 2015, and he ate into Ertz's snaps when the Eagles tried to run more. Ertz has top 5 fantasy TE potential, but his run blocking is holding him back.
Nick Foles claims starting QB job
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 1:23pm
Michael Vick is back healthy and will backup Foles this week against the Cardinals. But the good news for Foles' owners is there is no more worry about Vick taking the job. Vick even said last week that Foles has earned the job the rest of the way. Foles had one awful game against the Cowboys this season but bounced back from that to throw 7 TDs against the Raiders. We've had Foles as a mid-range QB1 in some recent starts and that will likely continue.
Michael Vick expected back for Week 13
Monday, November 18, 2013, 1:15pm
Chip Kelly: QB Michael Vick probably could have played Sunday if we needed him. Hoping he'll be full go after the bye.
Kelly added at his Monday presser that he'll sit down with both QBs to discuss who is going to start. Seems unlikely the team will go back to Vick with Nick Foles playing so well. Even Vick, himself, last week said he doesn't want to be a distraction. Either way, it's a situation to at least monitor, and it could drag out because the Eagles have a bye this week.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:46am
During an interview with The Inquirer, Michael Vick said he did not know if he was still the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback. But sources close to the 33-year old have said that even when Vick returns, they expect Nick Foles to remain the starter.
This is not really news, but it should put Foles's owners at ease. Other than a tough outing against the Cowboys, Foles has played very well as the starter.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:26pm
Vick has missed the last two games after he re-aggravated his hamstring in the first quarter of the N.Y. Giants game. In his place, Nick Foles has bounced back from a disappointing performance against the Cowboys and led the Eagles to back-to-back victories.
While Chip Kelly has not deemed Foles his starter, he did intimate on Monday that he planned to stick with the hot hand. But until Vick is 100 percent, there has been no reason for him to name his starter. Vick was limited at practice on Tuesday and isn't expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:42am
Monday, November 11, 2013, 2:17pm
“I don’t think [Cooper] struggled in his first five games getting open, I don’t think he had the ball thrown to him, but I don’t think he was struggling getting open,” Kelly said. “When you watch the tape, he was open. I think we have more time to throw, and we’re doing a better job with protection. I think the guy calling plays is calling better plays. Riley is really, really good at tracking the ball. It’s one of his qualities, he can track a ball in the air.”
Monday, November 11, 2013, 1:49pm
There's not much point to naming Foles the starter the rest of the way with Michael Vick still a week or two away from even possibly coming back. In fact, reports around Philly say he tore his hamstring and it's possible he could be done for the year. Obviously those are just rumors right now, but with Vick still out at least for now, it's a decision Kelly doesn't have to worry about. Kelly did acknowledge that Foles 16 TDs to 0 INT is working pretty well right now...
Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:41am
Out of nowhere, out of an incident that could have torn the Eagles apart before Chip Kelly had coached his first game, WR Riley Cooper has emerged as perhaps the most pleasant surprise of their season: 28 receptions; seven touchdowns; a gaudy 19.8 yards per catch; and, most important, a group of teammates who were willing to accept him again.
"I'm so proud of him," wide receiver Jason Avant said. "Only he and I know some of the conversations we've had or some of the things that transpired that could have had him down. But he's definitely overcome a lot of things."
No one but Cooper knows whether he has truly changed in the wake of his telling a black security guard at Lincoln Financial Field that he would "fight every n- here," and in a way, we don't have to know.
Everyone carries some amount of prejudice, however small, within his or her heart. No one is immune. No adult is an innocent. As offensive as Cooper's language was, what matters now is that he understood he was wrong, that he has not repeated the behavior, and that his teammates were forthright both in condemning what he said and allowing him the opportunity to repair his relationships with them.
Cooper has exploded this season since QB Nick Foles has taken over. Cooper's numbers with Foles are impressive: 15 receptions, 393 yards, 6 TDs in about a game-and-a-quarter of work this season. The two have played a lot together on the second team while Foles was behind Michael Vick and Cooper behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.