PFTV: Putting Vick on the field
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PHILADELPHIA - Michael Vick could be on the field for the first play from scrimmage if the circumstances are right.
Philadelphia has a set series of plays designed for Vick, according to a person familiar with the Eagles’ offensive game plan who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it.
ESPN first reported the quarterback would play in the first quarter.
Eagles coach Andy Reid, who’s known for using the element of surprise, has said he plans to use Vick during the first three quarters with the rest of the first-team offense. It’s possible Vick will run a wildcat formation or be under center right away if the Eagles are in the red zone.
During early warmups, well before fans were allowed into the stadium, Vick threw passes to a variety of teammates. His demeanor was far more serious than starting quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was joking around and even displaying to Vick the proper way to get two feet inbound when catching a pass.
Dressed in his game pants and a black warmup top, Vick exchanged a few fist bumps with teammates. He and McNabb both hugged former NFL coach Herman Edwards, who was on hand as a TV commentator, as the players headed off the field.
By then, a few dozen fans were in the stands, including a handful wearing No. 7 Vick jerseys or shirts. His head down as he headed into the tunnel, Vick did not acknowledge the fans.
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