PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick took the field four times during the Eagles’ second drive against the Jaguars, including on a third-down play in which the team seemed confused, had to call a timeout and then Donovan McNabb replaced Vick.
Through the Eagles’ first two drives, Vick hadn’t been on the field for anything other than plays out of the shotgun, and most of the formations have been variations of the Wildcat.
Vick went back to quarterback on the second play of the drive, rolling left out of the shotgun, keeping the ball and gaining just 1 yard after being dragged down by Jaguars DE Derrick Harvey. It was Vick’s first time running with the ball in his hands in over two years, and he seemed a bit tentative, as one would expect.
Vick was called on again on second-and-8 from the Eagles’ 45, this time lined up in the slot to the left side in a three-receiver set. McNabb handed off the ball and then faked a screen pass to Vick, but the play was negated by a holding penalty.
Vick went back in, this time for McNabb, on third-and-2 from the Jaguars’ 29 and ended up calling timeout before the ball was snapped. Vick headed back to the sideline and then, on first-and-10 from the 27, took over at quarterback in the shotgun in a four-receiver set, with two split to each side. Vick did a nice job of remaining poised with good protection, looking left and then shifting to the right side before finding Hank Baskett open in the right flat. Vick’s pass had plenty of zip and was higher than one would like, but Baskett went up to get the ball for a 14-yard gain.
Vick entered the game only once on the Eagles’ brief third possession, coming in for a second-and-10 play. Vick again was in the shotgun, this time with three receivers split out and a running back next to him. The left-hander threw the ball across his body on a screen pass to WR DeSean Jackson near the right sideline. However, the Jaguars were all over the play, and Jackson was stuffed for no gain.
All in all, Vick looks pretty solid. It’s not a huge workload, but for someone coming off such a layoff and amid so much scrutiny, not bad.