When addressing the media Tuesday in Pittsburgh, head coach Mike Tomlin sounded optimistic Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick will evolve in the offense. Tomlin said Vick -- who finished 19-of-26 for 124 yards and a touchdown and was sacked four times last week against the Baltimore Ravens -- is "only going to get better" off a full week of preparation entering Monday's game at the San Diego Chargers.
Vick had 3 1/2 days to prepare for the Ravens last Thursday night, resulting in many quick, manageable throws that eliminated risk. Vick only had one passing attempt longer than 35 yards in the air.
Overall, Vick preformed admirably in spot duty, but with the game on the line he missed Antonio Brown toward the sideline on a controversial 4th-and-1. Vick said that throw will haunt him for a while. The Steelers bet on Vick instead of struggling kicker Josh Scobee, who has since been released. Vick seems ready to reward that faith, despite Thursday's backfire. Brown led all Steelers receivers with 42 yards against the Ravens, highlighting how much the Steelers will miss Ben Roethlisberger no matter how well Vick does.
Tomlin said everyone in the building is pleased with Roethlisberger's recovery from an MCL sprain, but Roethlisberger will miss this week and likely a few more.
One option for Vick this week is targeting tight end Heath Miller, who had one catch for 1 yard last week. Tomlin explained that Miller was used primarily as a blocker for Le'Veon Bell. Miller is a traditional tight end who blocks as well as he catches, so the receiving stats don't always tell the story with him. But the Steelers would be smart to use him as a safety valve in the middle of the field.
In other roster news, Tomlin said the Steelers will consider Ross Cockrell -- who had his hand in two turnovers but got beat on a touchdown in coverage last week -- as the third corner for nickel sub-package alongside William Gay and Antwon Blake. However, Cortez Allen should return this week after missing time with knee swelling. Allen and Cockrell are two corners with good size but more to prove to crack the lineup full time.
Then there's seldom-used Brandon Boykin, which is another situation we will explore later.