Notes: Michael Vick appreciates the love
August, 8, 2014
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The sleepy crowd at MetLife Stadium saved its loudest cheer Thursday night for Michael Vick, who received a loud (relatively speaking) ovation when he entered in the second quarter of the New York Jets' 13-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Vick, one of the most polarizing athletes in professional sports, appreciated the gesture.
"It was great, great to get a good reception from the crowd," he said. "It only gets you going, gets your blood flowing [and] gets the adrenaline flowing. It doesn't alleviate the butterflies, but even still at my age, you still have the anxiety, which is a good thing. It helps you play even better. It brings out the best in me."
Vick played well, especially as a runner. It prompted the inevitable question about the possibility of being a change-of-pace quarterback -- you know, working a small package of plays, replacing Geno Smith.
For the most part, Vick didn't sound like he's in favor of that, although he left the door open a crack.
"It's cool, but that disrupts the timing of the offense," he said. "I think it has to be done at the right time. I experienced that in Philadelpha with Donovan [McNabb] at times. You want to let the quarterback get into a rhythm and try not to do too much. I think that's doing too much. When the time calls for it, then I think the coaches will see fit that that's put in."
Rex Ryan has downplayed the possibility.
Medical report: Running back Chris Ivory suffered a rib injury in the first half and didn't return. It's not serious, according to Ryan. ... Wide receiver David Nelson bruised a hand; he said it's not serious. ... Linebacker A.J. Edds, making a strong bid to make the team, fractured a finger, but returned to the game. ... Wide receiver Greg Salas was a surprise scratch. He was held out because of a previously undisclosed hip injury.
Long in the leg: This was a weird night for kickers. Rookie Andrew Furney was the Jets' hero, making a 51-yard field with 1:08 to play -- saving us the anguish of overtime in the preseason. Furney won't unseat incumbent Nick Folk, but this will help him in the job market. Folk made his only attempt, from 51 yards, doinking it off the crossbar. The Colts' Adam Vinatieri, the most clutch kicker in football history, missed from 29 yards. Go figure.
Odds and ends: Rookie pass rusher I.K. Enemkpali came up big, sealing the game with a strip sack in the final minute. ... Edds got some work with the first team, replacing Demario Davis. ... Matt Simms, who appears to have the No. 3 quarterback job locked up, played the entire second half. Rookie Tajh Boyd didn't play. ... Ivory started at running back, ahead of Chris Johnson, who handled some third-down duty.