Reid On Vick’s Dynasty Comments, Shiancoe to Visit
Just a year removed from the “Dream Team,” fiasco that started with a not so well thought out quote from Vince Young, Michael Vick said the Eagles had a chance to become a dynasty.
Head coach Andy Reid spent a good chunk of his first press conference of training camp Sunday downplaying the statement.
“I’m okay with that, I know the player though,” Reid said. “He loves challenges, he’s as competitive as anybody you’ve ever been around, he wants to win and he’s willing to do whatever it takes physically and mentally to do that. You can’t help but love that as a coach.”
The Eagles went 8-8 last year after amassing a slew of talent in the offseason. Vick has yet to win a playoff game in Philadelphia, and he’s 15-9 as a starter. Reid was also careful to differentiate between Young’s statement and Vick’s.
“That was a new player coming into town here, it was a different situation, he did it without any communication into that or know how into that,” Reid said. “I’m not worried about that, I’m not worried about that.”
Sometimes the more you feel the need to repeat yourself, the less convincing you become.
“I’m a big Michael Vick fan and there’s nobody who presented himself to his football team better than he did this offseason,” Reid said. “I’m very happy that he’s confident; I’m happy that things are going good in his life.”
“One thing I know about Michael Vick; nobody’s going to outwork Michael Vick,” Reid added.
Visanthe Shiancoe to Visit Eagles
Former Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will visit the Eagles today, according to CBS’s Jason La Canfora. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound tight end has 243 career receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Shiancoe caught 36 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns last year. The 32-year-old had his best season in 2009, hauling in 56 passes for 566 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Brent Celek is the Eagles top tight end and comes off a year in which he caught 62 passes for 811 yards and five touchdowns. Behind him, Clay Harbor caught 13 passes for 163 yards and a score. Harbor enters his third NFL season.
The NFL is trending toward more double tight end sets, and the Eagles used more last year than they had in the past.
Eagles tight ends were on the field for 1,341 snaps last year according to Pro Football Focus. From 2008 to 2010 they averaged 1,167. That means there were approximately 15 percent more snaps available to tight ends.
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