Vick Completes First Practice With Eagles


August 16, 2009

Vick Completes First Practice With Eagles Consider Philadelphia's Michael Vick Era to have officially begun.

The former Falcon, who signed with the Eagles on Thursday, played quarterback during team drills on Saturday and stepped in right where he left off two years ago. It was his first practice since completing a prison sentence stemming from dogfighting charges. reports that Vick took part in a variety of drills, including one-on-ones, seven-on-sevens and red zone offense, but he mostly observed Eagles starting quarterback Donovan McNabb.

After practice ended, the 29-year-old put in some extra work with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to hone his footwork and mechanics and was the last player off the field.

"I felt great," Vick told ESPN. "I want to say it felt normal. It felt normal."

Vick was one of four quarterbacks to take snaps at Saturday's practice. He worked with the scout team offense during the morning walkthrough.

Philadelphia coach Andy Reid knows the team has a lot of work to do to get Vick ready to play when his six-game suspension ends, and he's ready for it — but the fact that the Eagles run a West Coast offense, just like Atlanta, will doubtlessly help him as he works toward a return.

"We have to get him into football shape," Reid told "He's very fortunate he knows the foundation of this offense. That will speed things up."

Vick is under contract for two years and is due the entirety of a $1.625 million salary in 2009, regardless of how long his suspension lasts. Sources told ESPN he will receive $5.25 million in 2010 if he remains in Philadelphia.

In six seasons in the NFL, Vick has played in 74 games and has thrown for 71 touchdowns.

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