Vick enters to standing ovation, takes field on Eagles’ second play

By Rob Maaddi, AP
Friday, August 28, 2009

Vick tossed short completion on second play

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick zipped a few passes, ran around a bit and even lined up at wide receiver.

In his first action in nearly 32 months, Vick has a new role: do-it-all quarterback. So far, the experiment has drawn mixed results.

Vick completed a key pass to set up a field goal on his fourth play in Philadelphia’s game against Jacksonville on Thursday night. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback finished 4 for 4 for 19 yards in the first half.

With Vick, the Eagles got 3 points. Without him, they also scored 3 but moved the ball more efficiently.

Playing his first game since his release from prison, Vick entered to a standing ovation from a half-empty stadium. He completed a 4-yard shovel pass on the Eagles’ second play from scrimmage with Donovan McNabb lined up at wide receiver.

On Philadelphia’s second possession, Vick was on the field for three plays, two at quarterback and one as a slot receiver.

Vick ran for 1 yard on his second play and was a decoy as a wideout on his third play. With McNabb standing on the sideline, Vick then completed a 13-yard pass to Hank Baskett to the Jaguars 11. David Akers kicked a 31-yard field goal a few plays later.

Vick was on the field for six plays. After a 2-yard shovel pass that he threw right-handed, Vick didn’t play the final 12 minutes of the second quarter.

That’s when the Eagles finally got going on offense. McNabb drove Philadelphia inside the Jaguars 5 twice, but settled for only a field goal.

Fans still hadn’t reached their seats when Vick jogged onto the field for the first time at Lincoln Financial Field. If there were any boos, they were surprisingly drowned out by cheers from a fan base that wasn’t entirely thrilled when Vick signed with the Eagles two weeks ago.

McNabb threw an incomplete pass on the first play and was split wide on the next play as Vick took the snap in shotgun formation. Vick tossed a short pass to LeSean McCoy who was quickly swarmed by Jacksonville’s defense.

Vick hadn’t played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons. He was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting ring. He signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Eagles, who hold a $5.2 million option for a second season.

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