As Paul Domowitch reported yesterday from Giants training camp in Albany, the reaction to Michael Vick's signing was greeted positively by the Eagles' NFC East rivals.
Said All-Pro defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora: "Anytime you add a player like that to a football team, you have no choice but to get better. He's a phenomenal football player. It will be interesting to see if he's the same football player he was [before he went to jail]. I think he will be. But right now, we don't even know for sure if that's how they're going to use him."
Elsewhere in the NFC East ...
In Washington, Redskins coach Jim Zorn gave the Eagles credit for taking a second chance on Vick.
"He's earned his way back for an opportunity," Zorn told the Washington Post's Jason Reid. "This is going to be tremendous for a guy like Michael Vick. To be hanging out with [Eagles quarterback] Donovan McNabb, and some of the guys on that football team that are seasoned veterans, [who] can speak into his life. It's going to be a long road back, but at least he's on the road."
In Dallas, owner Jerry Jones had this to say to the Dallas Morning News' Jean-Jacques Taylor: "I'm not surprised he signed with them, though I didn't necessarily expect it. I'd rather he had gone somewhere else other than in our division. I could've picked a better place for him to land."
In Dallas, noted NFL writer Rick Gossellin, of the Dallas Morning News, began his column this way: The Philadelphia Eagles do not fear controversy. Now their rivals in the NFC East must fear the Eagles.
And ends its by saying: Three NFC East teams did not want Vick. Now they must play against him. The Eagles are a better team with Michael Vick than without him.