Most of the talk about backup quarterback Michael Vick this offseason has been about the veteran’s involvement in a suspicious nightclub incident in June that spawned a load of opinionated reports and speculation. However, the team’s offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, recently spoke about Vick, but his mention of the athletic passer–who was signed in a surprising move last preseason–was far from controversial. In fact, Mornhinweg believes Vick is back to his old form, the one he was in during the early 2000’s as one of the league’s most explosive players.
“I think he’s back,” Mornhinweg said. “In our minicamps, you could see that great, great athleticism. I would expect great things from Michael Vick this year.” Since joining the team after spending nearly two years in prison for his infamous participation in a dogfighting ring, Vick (pictured) has been used sparingly within the Eagles’ offense, but showed signs of success last year and is expected see a bit of a larger role in 2010. The team was seen practicing a number of trick plays and Wildcat formations, packages that are typically deployed with Vick involved, during OTAs, and with an entire offseason of development with the team, he figures to be more explosive and comfortable with his position, even if it requires the three-time Pro-Bowler to primarily act as a reserve to new starting QB Kevin Kolb.
In 12 games with the team in 2009, Vick threw just 13 total pass attempts, but tallied 95 yards on the ground and three scores, as well as the Eagles’ lone touchdown in the playoffs. Mornhinweg doesn’t seem to be the only person that is excited about Vick’s potential impact on the team in the upcoming season; the quarterback himself appears ready to return to action. On his verified Twitter account, Vick recently described how watching a segment on the NFL Network motivated him to keep working out and that he cannot wait for the start of Training Camp.