Monday, October 27, 2014

Vick to 'take practice seriously,' build on last week


When Michael Vick admitted a few weeks ago that he didn't quite feel prepared stepping in mid-game for a struggling Geno Smith, it seemed he may have talked his way out of favor with fans.

But after Smith's dismal start Sunday and the Gang Green faithful running razor thin on patience, Vick will get a second chance to prove himself.

Monday, the veteran signal-caller was named the current starter and will get the nod next weekend when the New York Jets travel to the Kansas City Chiefs to face Vick's former head coach Andy Reid.

The early-week decision gives Vick a chance to get a full slate of work with the first team.

“That’s the plan: to take practice seriously and work on some things I know I need to work on, especially my ball handling and movement within the pocket,” he said, via “Those are things I haven’t been doing over the last year against a starting football team. I did it in the preseason a little bit, but it was short-lived.

“Now, just having a chance to work into some playing time and playing last week gave me an opportunity to get a feel for the game again and hopefully I continue to keep getting better.”

Last week, Vick moved the ball a little more effectively than the Jets had been used to with Smith of late, though he turned the ball over just as much--losing two of four fumbles and throwing an interception.

The season is long lost, but if anything, the Jets are looking for some "spark"... any spark. If Vick can't provide it, the Jets are in for an incredibly long second half of the season. Not that they're not used to that sort of thing.

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