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Jets backups will face Vick in preseason finale

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The final preseason game is usually filled with no stars after the first series. Instead, the field is populated by future former NFL players and a few guys on both teams who will stick.

The NFL, of course, charges full price for this.

Thursday's Jets-Eagles game will be a little different. Fans will get to see Michael Vick at quarterback in the second half. It will be a challenge for Vick in his first extended action since returning to the league and also for the Jets, who will have backups to the backups chasing the talented and rusty signal-caller.

"You talk about a challenge," Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday. "This is a rare athlete, a guy that's been a Pro Bowl quarterback for how many years and he's going to be playing in the second half of a preseason game. I hope we get up early on him and then kind of hold our breath there. Again, the key thing here is making sure that we do a good job evaluating our team, getting the right people on our final roster and not getting anybody hurt."

Ryan said there will not be a game plan for Vick. "We'll just play base defense and see what happens from there," he said.

Jets regulars will be on the sideline watching when Vick plays, with the exception of Calvin Pace, who is expected to log major minutes before beginning his four-game suspension for using a banned substance. Most will be watching intently and, in a sense, even rooting for Vick.

"Person to person, I am rooting for him because I realize that he does have a second chance," nose tackle Kris Jenkins said. "I am hoping that he does prove everybody wrong. That he does show everybody what he is capable of. I have seen him on and off the field and he is a good person."

Notes & quotes: DE Mike DeVito (hamstring) did not practice for the second straight day.

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