Vick shows flashes of ‘ultimate weapon’

By Geoff Mosher
Updated: August 14, 2010

Quarterback Michael Vick scampers into the end zone for a touchdown in front of Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen (50)in the second quarter Friday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Quarterback Michael Vick scampers into the end zone for a touchdown in front of Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen (50)in the second quarter Friday at Lincoln Financial Field.

PHILADELPHIA — There was the perfectly placed sideline spiral that fell softly into the hands of Riley Cooper. And there was the sloppy tuck-and-run that ended up with the ball on the ground and possession turned over.

Michael Vick yielded mixed results on Friday night, but he generally looked in control of the second-string offense in about two quarters of action.

“I’m in a system that kind of helps you in certain ways to be comfortable and make good decisions and get the ball to guys who can make plays,” Vick said after the Eagles’ 28-27 preseason win over Jacksonville.

“It’s just a great opportunity for me right now to be able to sit back and learn from some of the great coaches in the league.”

Vick completed 11 of 17 passes for 119 yards and posted a passer rating of 60.7 in his first major quarterback time since the 2006 season finale with Atlanta. He ran six times for 50 yards but also lost one of his two fumbles, threw an interception and was sacked once.

“The obvious [negative] is the turnovers,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “You can’t have the turnovers you had, but he did some good things. It’s just a matter of him continuing to play. He’ll be fine.”

Vick scored the Eagles’ first touchdown with 2:26 left in the first half by racing 10 yards into the end zone. On second-and-8, he rolled to his left, saw open real estate and scampered down the sideline. In a move reminiscent of his “ultimate weapon” days in Atlanta, Vick sidestepped safety Reggie Nelson near the Jacksonville 3 to extend the Eagles’ lead to 16-7.

Vick had replaced Kevin Kolb in the middle of a drive that started at the Eagles 1 and immediately connected with Cooper on a 46-yard strike along the right side to the Jacksonville 10.

Three plays later, Vick tried to sprint away from a broken pocket but got collared by defensive end Derrick Harvey and fumbled at the 12. The ball was scooped by Jags safety Anthony Smith at the 23 and returned 19 yards.

Still, despite the occasional tendency to run, Vick said his offseason work with Eagles coaches on becoming more of a pocket passer showed. “I felt it paying off,” he said. “[Offensive coordinator] Marty Mornhinweg does a great job getting quarterbacks into rhythm. He’s a great play caller and did things that I was comfortable with.”