Lamar Jackson received the ultimate compliment after leading Louisville to a thrashing of Florida State on Saturday.
Following the Cardinals’ 63-20 victory over the Seminoles, former Virginia Tech star Mike Vick tweeted about Jackson and called him five times better than he was:
Lamar Jackson 5x better than what I was at V-Tech….Enough said!! #future
— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) September 17, 2016
That’s about as awesome as it gets.
Vick was a superstar at Virginia Tech and led the Hokies to a national championship game against Florida State. He is widely considered one of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks of our time because of his blazing speed and incredible arm. Jackson is showing similar abilities for the Cardinals.
And Jackson appreciated the compliment, calling Vick his “favorite player.”
Jackson on the Vick Tweet: “That meant a lot. He was my favorite player. I was amazed when they told me in the locker room."
— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) September 17, 2016
Jackson had 146 rushing yards and four touchdowns, as well as 216 passing yards and a touchdown pass. He has posted 10 rushing touchdowns and eight passing touchdowns this season. And the best part of all is that he has maintained a great attitude through it all.
It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are looking for a backup quarterback. It’s also no secret that Michael Vick is open to playing one more year. Combine the two, and you have a recipe for trolling.
On Saturday, the Cowboys tweeted out a quote that Vick offered on Thursday’s Rich Eisen Show — namely, that every kid growing up dreamed of wearing the famous star on their helmet, himself apparently included.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 6, 2016
That whipped up the fans, who wondered if this was a sign that the Cowboys, who need a backup to Tony Romo after Kellen Moore got hurt, had their sights set on Vick.
Not so, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Solid trolling, but this isn't happening https://t.co/IkTACuGbgK
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 6, 2016
So basically, this is the Cowboys’ social media team having a bit of timely fun. Vick will continue hunting for a contender, while Dallas will continue hunting for a veteran backup that can come in as soon as possible.
Michael Vick may not have a job in the NFL right now, but he still believes he’d be one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league if he did.
Vick attended the HoopTee Celebrity Golf Classic in Charlotte on Thursday, and while there, he said he’d still be among the three fastest signal-callers — faster, even, than Cam Newton.
“Cam couldn’t beat you in the 40?” Vick was asked, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.
“No, Cam can’t beat me in the 40,” Vick said. “But his speed is decent. Decent speed. Good enough. Fast enough, I will say that.”
It’s worth noting that Vick ran a 4.33 40 at his pro day, while Newton ran it in 4.59 seconds. It is also worth noting that Vick did that 15 years ago.
Vick repeated his desire to play again in the NFL, though he’s only interested in contending teams.
Michael Vick is hoping to play at least one more season in the NFL, but that does not mean he is desperate enough to take any offer that comes along.
While speaking to reporters at the HoopTee Celebrity Golf Classic in Charlotte earlier this week, Vick said he is not giving up hope despite still being a free agent with training camp about to begin. He also said he would not just sign with any team that is interested.
“I’m going to continue to stay optimistic about my 2016 season and try to enjoy it,” Vick said, via Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer. “I wouldn’t say that I would go to any of the 32 teams. At this point in my career I would love to play for a contender. If anything, you’ve just got to be willing to make a contribution. In the NFL, that’s what it’s all about.”
Vick is 36 and has not looked impressive in limited duty over the past few seasons. He knows he doesn’t have a chance to win a starting job, so it makes sense that he would want to be a backup on a contender. His previous remarks made it seem like he is not going to be aggressive in pursuing a job opportunity, and it sounds like that still holds true.
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The official start of training camp is just around the corner, and Michael Vick remains unemployed. The 36-year-old veteran is hoping that changes at some point before Week 1.
While speaking to the media at the Ron Jaworski Celebrity Golf Challenge on Monday, Vick made it clear that he does not intend to retire just yet.
“I haven’t officially retired,” he said, per Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “As of right now, it’s pretty much at a stalemate type of thing. Just taking the days as it comes, but most importantly for me, I just have to continue to work out and train. I would love to play this year, suit up for another run at it. I still feel like I could play and there is a lot left in the tank.”
Vick spent the 2015 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, appearing in five games. He did not play particularly well and proved incapable of making easy throws. Despite the fact that he says 2016 will be his last season, he is still waiting for “the right offer.”
“I don’t want it to end the way it ended the last couple years,” Vick said. “Playing another year is very important just for my psyche, just to get it out of my system, to go out with a bang.”
Obviously, Vick’s only chance is to sign with a team as a veteran backup. He already made it seem as though he is not going to be aggressive in pursuing an opportunity to play, so we wouldn’t be surprised if no one comes calling.
Free agent quarterback Michael Vick is open to playing one more season in the NFL before hanging them up.
Vick, who started three games and won two of them for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015, believes he has another year to give someone if they offer.
“I’m 35, about to turn 36,” Vick said at Tyrod Taylor’s youth camp on Saturday, via David Teel of Newport News’s Daily Press. “I’ve got one more dedicated season in my blood, if somebody needs me to come in. But I’m kind of happy where I am right now.
“I’ve got my health, I’ve got my kids, I’ve got my family. The game has done so much for me in terms of relationships, opportunities to take care of myself and my family. I’m just thankful. I give all the credit to God.”
Vick sounds like he’d be happy to play one more season, but isn’t going to actively seek out the opportunity. If someone comes calling, he’ll listen. He can still be a capable backup for someone – plus, check out his blocking skills.
H/T Sporting News
The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated one of the best teams in the NFC Sunday with the help of a third-string quarterback, and that same third-stringer is expected to be named the starter for at least one game.
Aditi Kinkhabwala of reports that Michael Vick has a hamstring injury that he expects will force him to miss his team’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend.
Talked to Mike Vick. Showed me pic of tiny tear/strain in hamstring. Said he'll test in two days but would guess he's at least a week away
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) October 19, 2015
If Ben Roethlisberger is cleared to return, he will obviously assume his position in the starting lineup. If not, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would have a decision to make even if Vick is able to play.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones completed 8-of-12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Vick on Sunday. He provided a spark for the offense and immediately clicked with wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who caught an 88-yard touchdown pass and added another spectacular grab for a score.
Vick, on the other hand, helped the Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers in overtime last week but has not played well. He takes bad sacks and his throws are extremely inaccurate. Jones is a better passer and could be a better fit in Pittsburgh’s offense.
Ideally, Roethlisberger will be cleared and all will return to normal. But if not, Jones has the support of at least one veteran teammate. The Steelers were very encouraged by his performance against Arizona.
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