Eagles rookie Michael Vick is enjoying a good run, and his first practice since suffering a season-ending knee injury has been encouraging for fans and teammates alike.
On the eve of the Eagles’ Week 5 matchup with the Green Bay Packers, Vick, who missed the first two games of the season with a partially torn ACL, was interviewed on WKRC-AM-FM in Philadelphia.
Here’s what we learned from Vick’s interview.
“I think that’s the best way to look at it.
He’s playing pretty well right now.
He looks healthy, and he’s just got to stay healthy, because he’s only 23 years old and he still has a long ways to go.
So I think that was really important to us to let him know that we’re all excited for him and we’re hoping he continues to come back and play, and hopefully he continues his rehab and that we see him play on Sunday.
I think he’s got a good outlook for the future, too, so he’s ready to go.”
Vick, a second-round pick out of North Carolina, has spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles since the start of the 2015 season, playing every snap in a starting role.
His best play so far this season came in Week 5 against Green Bay when he caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz in the first quarter.
That gave the Eagles a lead of 14-7 in the third quarter and they took a 27-24 lead into the locker room.
It was the first time Vick had thrown a touchdown pass in his first three career starts, and it was also his first TD pass in the fourth quarter or overtime in three consecutive games.
In all, Vick has thrown for at least 3,600 yards, 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
After missing the first three games of his rookie season with the injury, Vick returned in Week 6 against the New York Giants and completed 13 of 25 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
He then played in all 16 games the rest of the way.
He finished with 2,093 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.
In Week 12, Vick started in the Eagles first meeting with the Packers, throwing three touchdown passes.
In Week 14, he took his first snap in the regular season finale and completed six of 11 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.
He was a key part of a comeback win in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, as the Eagles defeated the Bears, 27-20.
Vick was 8-for-10 for 104 yards and an interception.
In that game, he completed 17 of 30 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The next game against the Lions, he had a breakout game, throwing for a career-high-tying 497 yards and three touchdowns.
Vick had a career high-tyed game in Week 17 against the Houston Texans, completing 17 of 28 passes for 211 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Vick finished with 7-for and 2-for 5 in the second half of the game, which was the third-longest scoring drive of the night.
The drives were part of the first half of his season-high seven-game streak.VICK’s longest scoring drive was the longest in a game in NFL history, at 1:23 in the NFC Championship Game, when he threw for a game-tyring touchdown to put the Eagles up 14-14.
The Eagles went on to beat the Rams 21-14 in the Super Bowl.
The NFL has also announced that Vick will serve as a special guest on ESPN’s College GameDay on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 4:00 p.m.
ET, where he will be interviewed by NFL Network analyst Mark Schlabach and will participate in a pregame segment on a special pregame show called “The Game.”ESPN’s Mike Tirico will also be on hand to break down the game in a studio.
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