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Vick ready for next step

Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms

Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before playing against the Baltimore Ravens during their preseason game. (Aug. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick enjoyed a career resurgence last year, reclaiming his role as a starting quarterback in Philadelphia and leading his team to the playoffs after setting several personal bests in touchdown passes (21), completion percentage (63 percent) and passing yards (3,018).

But he struggled down the stretch somewhat, largely because teams started blitzing the Eagles and forcing Vick to scramble. Not that Vick doesn't mind using his legs to make plays. But teams were far more successful in sacking Vick and forcing him into turnovers later in the season.

So Vick has been given a heavy dose of blitzes in practice by offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

"Michael made a huge jump last year," Mornhinweg said, per Tim McManus of Phillysportsdaily.com.  "He's always been one of those great dynamic players in the game. But there's one more step he needs to take, and ... blitz recognition is part of that step." 

Vick feels like he's getting the hang of it. 

"It actually felt like the game slowed down a little bit, which is crazy," Vick said. "But maybe we're just playing faster, which is great. I know practicing now against our defense, practicing against those guys has made us better in so many different ways. It's all about seeing the field. We had other routes in the progression, but it was all in what I saw and what the defense dictated so I was able to take advantage of what they gave us and get the ball out quick, make some calls to the protection." 

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