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“We do consider the third corner a starter,” he said. “This is a passing league. We think it’s important to be able to defend the pass and pressure the quarterback. When you have cover players and pass rushers, and we added a couple of those today and yesterday, I think that helps you do that.”

The Eagles also signed tight end Donald Lee and wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins to one-year deals on Friday.

Few noticed those moves, of course.

Adding Young got lost in the hoopla surrounding Asomugha’s acquisition, too. But Young could prove to be equally important if Vick gets hurt. Considering the way Vick recklessly throws his body around, Young might see plenty of action.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Young went 30-2 as a starter at Texas and led the Longhorns to a national championship in his final game there only to have an up-and-down tenure with the Titans.

Young has completed 58 percent of his passes with 42 touchdowns and as many interceptions. He’s rushed for 1,380 yards, with a 5.2-yard average, and 12 more touchdowns.

Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg helped develop Vick into an MVP candidate and Pro Bowl starter last year. They’re hoping to do the same with Young.

“It’s going to be a positive effect.” Vick said. “I think Vince will mature as a player, and I think he’ll get better. (Being in Philadelphia) will help him long term. So get him in here and make him a better player, and if we ever need him, he’s there for us. If you have a roster full of good quarterbacks, then you have a great chance of winning.”