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Reid: "Good Chance" Vick Plays Vs. Jets Thursday

Head coach Andy Reid acknowledged that there was a lot of "hoopla" surrounding Michael Vick's return to the NFL on Thursday night during his press conference Saturday morning. That's why he wanted to get him in the game early and often against the Jaguars. In six plays, we saw Vick utilized as a quarterback (he was 4-of-4 for 19 yards), as a running back (1 yard gained) and as a decoy.

Now that the Eagles have had a chance to see how Vick meshes with the offense, from here on out it will be up to Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to figure out how to incorporate him.

"I think, from a coaching standpoint, from a player standpoint, and so on, I know there was a lot of hoopla around him getting into the game and I think that will settle down once we get playing in season games and everybody will just play," Reid said. "We'll go from there, but listen, it was a new thing and we'll just continue on working it and see how things work out."

Vick claimed after the game that he's at 70 percent of where he needs to be, but Reid complimented him on his performance after being out of football for two years.

"I thought he handled himself well," Reid said. "He seemed poised, made a couple good reads. Like he mentioned to you, he had one that wasn't quite as good, but it looked like he threw the ball when he had a chance, and when he ran, he outran the defensive end, so that's a good thing. That's a start."

Reid wouldn't commit, but said "there's a good chance" that Vick would play this Thursday against the Jets. Reid did say that if Vick plays there is a chance he could be put in for back-to-back plays.

"There's a possibility," Reid said. "I just have to see as the week goes on here. I have confidence that he can do that. He's played a couple of years in this league; he can probably put together two plays."

This could be the final time Vick suits up for a while. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not ruled on whether Vick would be reinstated for Week 1 of the regular season.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb and wide receiver DeSean Jackson each acknowledged that it was tough for the offense to get into a rhythm with Vick coming in and out of the game.

Once Vick was done for the night in the second quarter, the Eagles moved the ball deep into Jaguars' territory before McNabb's lateral to LeSean McCoy bounced off his head and fell to the ground. Brian Iwuh picked up the loose ball and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown. Two drives later, the Eagles marched to the Jags' 3-yard line before stalling and settling for a field goal.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:49 p.m., August 29

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