Michael Vick is back in the pocket, but can he get back in his bag of old-school tricks?
When starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee and was carted off the field in the third quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers-St. Louis Rams game Sunday, the 35-year-old backup came on to help the Steelers win, 12-6.
With Big Ben out for a reported four weeks, Vick will be counted on to help keep the Steelers in the running.
“I’ve got plenty of confidence. I feel like this is what I was born to do,” Vick, who is in his 15th NFL season, told ESPN. “I’m not a young guy anymore. I’m a seasoned veteran."
The unexpected thrusting of Vick into the spotlight headlined a Week 3 around the league that centered on QBs showing up and showing out. Here are a few other instances that help support that theme.
No Respect for Superman?
Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers (3-0) to a hard-fought 27-22 victory over the New Orleans Saints, but the star QB thought he should have gotten a personal foul flag in his favor for a late hit put on him by a Saints defensive tackle in the fourth quarter. Instead, Newton received a blunt explanation for why he didn't get the call. When the 26-year-old asked veteran referee Ed Hochuli about the play, Newton claimed he was told, "You're not old enough to get that call."
"I looked at him like: 'Jesus! I didn't think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that.'"
Tom Brady's Patriots Are a Machine Out Here
Nobody's mentioning Deflategate anymore. A week after racking up 40 points, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a 51-17 destruction of the Jacksonville Jaguars. All Brady did was air it out for 358 more passing yards and two more touchdowns, becoming only the fourth QB in NFL history to throw for 400 TDs. The Patriots (3-0) have been killing the NFL out here. They're playing angry and any competition that lines up across them Sundays could get dumped on. Sheesh!
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