Much of the hype surrounding Michael Vick's presence on the Eagles' roster has calmed down some as the focus has shifted to the performance of the team on the field, but there's an undeniable feeling that, at some point, Vick will bust out and provide the Eagles with a big play.
Perhaps that time will come Monday night, in Vick's first primetime game since his return to the NFL.
"I'm excited, it's going to be fun," Vick said of playing on Monday Night Football. The last time Vick played on Monday night was September 25th, 2006, when his Falcons traveled to New Orleans in a 23-3 loss to the Saints.
"I've been waiting a long time to get back to this point, just to be able to run out with the team," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."
On the season, Vick has six rushes for 13 yards and is 1-5 passing. He was on the field for two plays in last week's loss to the Raiders. But Vick doesn't necessarily need to get the ball to be effective. From Vick's first steps onto the field, the defense is forced to account for his vast skill set.
"His presence is a threat," said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
So will Vick be a major factor come Monday night in the Eagles' NFC East opener?
"I've said this before and we'll just see how it goes during the game," said head coach Andy Reid, when asked if he expects Vick to be more involved against the Redskins. "We have the same amount (of plays) that we had in last week, this week. We'll just see how the game unfolds and what takes place."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:31 p.m., October 25