Sept. 16: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

The measureables: 6-0, 215 pounds, 10th season. The numbers: 253 of 423 completions (59.8 percent), 3,303 yards, 18 TDs, 14 INTs, 84.9 rating in 2011. Against the Ravens: (1-1), 23 of 45 completions (51.1 percent), 263 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 67.2 rating. The challenge: As he has aged, Vick’s durability has become an issue. But when healthy, Vick may arguably be the most explosive passer in the league. On Nov. 10, 2010, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns and rush for 50 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdown-to-interception ratio in the past two years is almost 2-to-1 (39 touchdowns to 20 interceptions).. But injuries to his left (throwing) hand and ribs limited his ability to get much work in preseason games, and his health will be a closely-monitored topic in Philadelphia. The quote: “It’s tough when you’ve got a guy with the ability to break it with his legs and arm. So he’s definitely a big challenge. He just keeps plays alive. He’s able to move around with his feet. He slings the ball like it’s nothing to him. It just flies out of his hand. He’s just a dynamic player. He creates problems for you because you’ve got to make sure the defensive line is staying in the lanes because it can be a big play if you leave [the field] open for him.” – Ravens cornerback Corey Graham, who had seven tackles and one pass defensed as a member of the Chicago Bears against Vick in 2009.
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