He will play, he won’t play, he might play; the jury has been out on whether or not Michael Vick will suit up and play for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers all week. According to a report from NFL.com and insider Ian Rapoport, Vick is “highly unlikely” to play.
On Thursday, head coach Chip Kelly indicated that Vick would be a game time decision after he went through drills with some encouraging progress.
“Mike got through all individuals and did a little work in seven-on-sevens,” Kelly said, according to NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus. “So we’ll see if we can expand on that today. We’ll get a feel when he gets down there.”
The Eagles will undoubtedly miss the versatility that Vick brings if he is unable to go, but it isn’t all bad. Nick Foles filled in admirably last week in the Eagles’ 36-21 victory over the New York Giants. The backup QB went 16 of 25 for 197 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
While Foles may not be as mobile as Vick, several outlets have reported and lauded the quick release that the quarterback has – although Chip Kelly downplayed that notion.
“It depends on what you’re calling,” Kelly said, according to a report from ESPN.com. “I’ve said that all along. I don’t think you can put a clock on a quarterback the entire game and say it’s out, it’s not out. If you’re calling a seven step drop with max protection and trying to throw a post route 35 yards down the field, it’s not going to come out as quick as a quick slant.”
So who will it be come Sunday? My guess is Vick will go, but if not don’t fret Eagles’ fans: Foles is one of the higher quality backups in the NFL.