Quarterback Michael Vick showed no signs of rust during the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice Sunday, throwing tight spirals with plenty of velocity.
“How does Michael look in the offense? He looks pretty good,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “It was a fairly seamless transition, even though he hadn’t played for two years, because of the terminology. It’s very similar. Now, many of the details are different, and details are where you win football games, so that’s the important part there. But the terminology is coming very easily to him.”
Mornhinweg said coach Andy Reid will probably make a decision Tuesday on whether Vick will make his preseason debut Thursday at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Vick worked with offensive assistants James Urban and Doug Pederson on Sunday.
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“Every day he works with James and Doug he picks up a little more,” Mornhinweg said. “He hasn’t played in two years, so a lot of it is just getting him into football shape.
“I think he was in decent shape coming in, as far as in general. But moving, cutting, lateral movement, throwing the football, moving while he’s throwing the football, that’s what we needed to see.”
Vick recently returned to football after a stint in prison on federal dog-fighting charges.
In other news, Eagles special teams coach Ted Daisher is not pleased with first-round pick Jeremy Maclin’s two muffed punts in two preseason games.
“It’s a huge concern, and we can’t have it,” Daisher said. “I met with him yesterday, and he’s aware of it.”
Second-year player DeSean Jackson, the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, returned punts last year and will be back there Thursday.
The Buccaneers say linebacker Angelo Crowell will miss the season with a torn biceps muscle. The seventh-year pro was hurt during Saturday night’s preseason victory at Jacksonville. The former Buffalo defensive captain signed with the Bucs as a free agent after sitting out all of 2008 because of a knee injury. Third-year pro Quincy Black becomes the likely starter at strongside linebacker. … Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer did some light tossing Sunday but did not practice with the team. Palmer, who has a sprained left ankle, is questionable for Thursday’s preseason game against St. Louis. He missed much of last season with an elbow injury. …
The Patriots released second-year tight end Tyson DeVree on Sunday. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound DeVree was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Colorado in 2008. He was a member of the Patriots’ practice squad for nine weeks last season before being signed to the 53-man roster. …
Receiver Chad Ochocinco won’t have to kick extra points anymore. The Bengals signed rookie kicker Sam Swank from Wake Forest on Sunday, giving them another option while Shayne Graham recovers from a groin injury. Graham couldn’t kick during a preseason game at New England on Thursday, prompting Ochocino to kick an extra point. Swank finished his career at Wake Forest as the school’s leading scorer. He kicked 71 career field goals, a school record.