Scouts Inc. weighs in on Vick signing

August, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Moment ago, I visited with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. about the Eagles signing quarterback Michael Vick. Here's the interview:

Did you see this one coming, Matt?

MW: No, initially I was very surprised. But it does make some sense to me from a personnel perspective. Pittsburgh and New England were mentioned because of their strong locker rooms and winning teams. Philly fits that same mold.

Do you think he's a good fit for the Eagles?

MW: That's questionable. I don't know if he's a great fit as a thrower. He's never had the type of pinpoint accuracy that offense requires. You need to be able to hit receivers like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin in stride so they can catch it and keep on running. But it's obvious they're in a win-now mode.

How long will it take for him to get in football shape?

MW: I don't know how anyone can speculate on that one. His best weapons are his legs, and I would have to think his legs have deteriorated in prison. That's what set him apart. He was an extremely dangerous ball carrier. He's not a great thrower and he's never been one. That's what makes it a little strange that he's going to a predominately passing offense.

What do you think is the best thing about this move for the Eagles?

MW: Well, defensive coordinators only have so much prep time. When you're worrying about Vick, you end up not preparing for something else. I think that would be a huge part of the move.

How do you think he'd function in the Wildcat formation?

MW: I know that LeSean McCoy ran the Wildcat some at Pitt, but the fact that Vick could throw out of the formation brings a completely different dimension.

I understand that you and Jeremy Green have been ranking the backups recently? Does this change anything?

MW: I had Jeff Garcia No. 1. And when we started ranking them, you realized how bad a lot of them were. I think Michael Vick might automatically become the No. 1 backup in the league.

Could Vick play running back or receiver in this league?

MW: He'd get broken in half as a running back. He's already injury prone as a quarterback. You send him up the middle against the Cowboys or Giants and he'd get killed.

How long would it take him to learn how to play receiver?

MW: A long while. Philly already has a ton of those guys. I'd rather have Maclin and Jackson and those guys catching passes.

Does this feel like overkill on the part of the Eagles?

MW: A little bit, yes. But it gives them one more toy to play with. I guess there's a chance he never sees the field. And that wouldn't be an awful thing. It would mean [Donovan] McNabb's playing well and staying healthy.

Sal Paolantonio and Herm Edwards discuss where Vick will fit in the Eagles' offense.

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