JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Vick is ready for the season opener. He said as much, without any equivocation, after the Eagles' 31-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third preseason game.
Coach Chip Kelly hasn't determined if the starters will play in Thursday's game against the Jets. But even if they do, this is likely the end of extended work for Vick before Sept. 9, and comes during a preseason when Vick has earned the starting job.
“The thing I’m most proud of with myself is I didn’t approach this preseason like I did the last three or four years," Vick said. "With a different attitude. I came to play. I felt like I got a lot out of it tonight.”
Vick had an inconsistent game. He was 15-of-23 for 184 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also ran for 53 yards. The interception was a costly mistake that came when he threw off his back foot. It was the type of mistake he's made in recent seasons, and that he didn't make in the first two preseason games.
“If I can take anything back, it would probably be that pass," Vick said. "And I know why I did it.”
Vick was trying to throw the ball away, Kelly said. Vick said there was a lot that he learned in the game. There were other plays when Vick threw the ball away and didn't get the coverage.
Vick's scrambling was an asset for the Eagles. He had a nice run on a third down for a first down that was vintage Vick. Vick said he doesn't want to run "that much," but he will if needed.
He also took seven hits. That's a significant number, although Vick said he wasn't concerned because he conditioned his body to take those hits. The hits came when Vick was in the pocket, not when he was scrambling. As much as he insists he trained, it's never a good sign for a quarterback to take those hits.
But Vick was in good spirits after the game. It was his worst performance of the three preseason games, but he's earned the starting job and is ready for the Redskins game on Sept. 9.
“It was a lot of things that happen tonight that’s very promising for us, and for me," Vick said.