Quarterback Michael Vick did not participate in practice again on Thursday due to the rib injury he suffered against the Cardinals.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said on Thursday that he was still "optimistic" that Vick can play this Sunday night against the Giants. However, Vince Young, the primary backup on the team's depth chart, said that if he needs to play he wants to do everything he can to help the team win.
"It's not about me. It's about the team. I want to go out there and lead the guys to a victory," Young said. "I'm definitely happy, definitely happy to be playing. But at the same time, it's not about me. It's all about the team."
With the two days of practice this week working with the first-team offense, Young said that it has helped with his timing and where he needs to focus his eyes at to keep defenders at bay. Young also added that he's felt good in terms of calling the plays and getting guys in and out of the huddle.
Young also knows that he has a talented array of weapons to work with. He might not have starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was also a non-participant in Thursday's practice with his shoulder and hamstring injuries. When asked about the weapons, Young went out of his way to praise slot receiver Jason Avant.
"I really love Jason Avant in the slot," Young said. "I think he's one of the best slot guys in the NFL right now."
Having Avant could help exploit the middle of the field if the Giants are without starting middle linebacker Michael Boley, who missed a second straight day of practice due to a hamstring injury.
As excited as Young might be about the chance to potentially start on Sunday, he wants to keep the focus on the team.
"It's a team game," Young said. "I want to win the ballgame and be a leader for the guys."
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