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There are probably a dozen teams around the league who would take Vick right now if they could. Instead, he will be lining up at a position other than quarterback in the Eagles’ version of the wildcat offense when his team takes on Jacksonville this week.

Reid feels like he has an abundance of riches behind center with Vick and Kolb, who will be the starter as long as the Eagles can keep winning.

“There are a lot of teams that don’t have good quarterbacks, ones that they feel like they can win with, and I feel like we can with both of those guys,” he said.

That the conversation now revolves around how Vick plays on the field and not what he once did off the field is an indication of how far he has come since finishing out his 18-month prison sentence barely more than a year ago. Though a recent “Q Score” survey showed him to be the most disliked athlete in the country, the negative response to his comeback has been largely muted.

No, he won’t be hawking shampoo or making Nike commercials. Vick will always be too radioactive for that.

But he has defied the odds to become a legitimate quarterback in the NFL once again.


Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)