Michael Vick, QB, Eagles
|QB - #15||PHI||Active||14 years||33||6'0||215||@MikeVick|
2013 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Aug-20-2013 by Ben Standig
Update (8-20): The Eagles announced that Vick would start the regular season opener against the Redskins. In two preseason games, the mobile left-hander is 13 of 15 for 199 yards with one touchdown and one explainable interception. Seeing as Vick is an obvious injury risk, backup Nick Foles will likely play at some point. Seeing as Vick's running ability makes him a tremendous fit for Philadelphia's new offense, he makes for a high-upside and arguably ideal fantasy backup.
Profile - We have a potential boom or bust situation here, though that pretty much sums up Vick's fantasy worth the past couple of seasons. If Chip Kelly's fast breaking offensive plans work, the mobile left-hander could post monster numbers both on the ground and through the air. That's also a big if seeing as Vick, who threw for 12 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions last season, also missed six games and hasn't played a full season since he returned to the NFL in 2009. On the other hand, Kelly's schemes could free Vick up for more running lanes and greater production while offering better protection due to quick reacting plays. In 12 team leagues, every owner should have a strong weekly start at QB, meaning the backup can largely be about potential and Vick has always oozed that. In that sense, Vick makes for a rather intriguing QB2 option playing in this system. That is provided he can stay healthy and fend off Nick Foles for the starting job in Philly. Heading into training camp, it is unclear whether either of those scenarios is possible. If he is the Eagles' opening game QB, then at least the stats should be there for as long as he plays.
Apparently, the Vikings franchise player has made it known who he'd like to have handing him the ball in 2014. Running back Adrian Peterson tweeted on Thursday that he thinks QB Michael Vick could be the key to Minnesota getting back to the playoffs. Vick started six games for Philadelphia in 2013, injured his hamstring, then stood on the sideline the rest of the year, holding a clipboard, while Nick Foles put up impressive numbers in his 10 starts and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
While it's still very possible that the Eagles re-sign Vick when free agency opens this month, he won't figure to be in the picture as the starting QB in Philly. If Vick thinks that he has a better shot at starting in Minnesota, it's not entirely ridiculous to think he may consider that option. The Vikings had three quarterbacks on their roster at the end of the year in Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman. Cassel and Freeman became free agents when the season ended and it's obvious the Vikings didn't have a ton of confidence in Ponder.
The Minnesota brass has stated that they consider all facets of how a player will affect their team, including the impact to the team's culture, before pursuing anyone in free agency. However, I'm sure they're also mindful of what message Peterson is sending with his simple tweet. Peterson's vote of confidence for Vick may be more of an indication to Vikings management that he isn't really in the mood to continue "developing a QB". He wants to win and he wants to win now. He thinks Vick gives them a chance to do that. Even if the Vikings don't pursue Vick, they'd better be mindful of Peterson's message. The last thing any team wants is their face of the franchise being disgruntled.
The signing of Vick would obviously make Peterson happy. In addition, it would probably be good for young WR Cordarrelle Patterson to have a veteran QB throwing him the ball for an entire season. Vick would definitely be an upgrade over anything the Vikings had going for them in 2013.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/6 - Vick and Peterson in the Vikings backfield?
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|11.02||FFToolbox - Ben Standig|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|12.06||The Huddle - With Tom Brady as my quarterback I can afford to take a risk here. If Vick turns out to be Chip Kelly's guy he could put up monster numbers in this offense; if not... oh well, guess I have to keep using Brady.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|13.02||CBSSports - Hey, you never know. If he beats out Nick Foles as expected then all he has to do is stay healthy, right?|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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