In fairness, it’s not all Michael Vick’s fault that he keeps snapping parts of his body. Sure, he hangs onto the ball a little too long and chooses to run up the field instead of ducking out of bounds, both of which result in unnecessary hits and body blows. But if you’d like to find the truth behind the Michael Vick injury mystery, then blame science.
It’s a phenomenon akin to a lunar eclipse, really. Vick is able to perform miraculous athletic feats with his speed and agility due to the design of his body. He’s a little thin, and a little wiry, and a little small, and that’s the root of his unique mobility. It’s also why he’ll spend a minimum of two games per year on the sideline, not playing football.
In fact, that’s probably a conservative estimate, because since he became a full-time starter in his second season in Atlanta, Vick has appeared in an average of 12.8 games per year. He’s 32 now, and father time is a prick. So there’s that, and there’s the fact that he can’t make it through two friggin preseason games.
But don’t worry, you guys, because Vick says he’s not injury prone. Not at all.
He participated in practice Sunday while wearing a bright red jersey, and he later insisted that he’s not a hot brittle mess.
“I don’t think I’m injury-prone at all. I just had a couple of fluke injuries that happened. But it’s not something I’m worried about.”
Maybe, Mike, and sort of. We’ll give him the hand injury as a fluke, because that really was unlucky.
But while there’s not much Vick could have done to avoid his rib injury after he was pile driven to the turf by Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunnigham, it was the kind of thunderous wallop quarterbacks are subjected to rather frequently. Vick isn’t the first QB to get hurt while in the crosshairs for one of those routine hits, but he seems to leave the field far more often whenever the level of violence is escalated.
The problem with Vick in make belief football is the same as it’s always been. He’s so enticing and alluring as a fantasy option due to the aforementioned elusive ability, and especially his running skills since most leagues award more points for rushing yards. He actually had a very poor year in terms of fantasy point production in 2011 (269 points), but even that off year still included two games with at least 250 passing yards and 70 rushing yards, and two games with at least 90 rushing yards.
Those are the happy times, the boom times. The crying times come when he’s either injured, or when he’s, say, passing for only 208 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while rushing for only nine yards and getting sacked four times (Week 14 against the Dolphins). He’s very much the epitome of the boom and its everlasting battle against the bust.
So sure, if you feel the need to address other areas first and pounce on the few RBs who aren’t broken before drafting a QB and that means waiting until later and taking a calculated risk with Vick, then go for it. But for me, later means the fourth round, because there’s little need to take Vick earlier than that with safer and equally productive options like Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, and Eli Manning available.
And now the links part of the links post…
- You can now feel slightly more confident drafting Dez Bryant since you know he’ll be in bed by midnight. [ESPN Dallas]
- Enjoy the Welker-Brady connection and the production it generates while it lasts, because following Aaron Hernandez’s contract, Welker may not be part of the Patriots’ plans for next year. [Gregg Rosenthal]
- The Bills acquired Tarvaris Jackson from the Seahawks for a fourth-round pick, which means that you’ll only start a Bills QB this year if your level of self hared has reached an unhealthy, inhumane level. Also, knuckle taps to the Seahawks for getting anything — anything at all — for Jackson and shedding his $4 million salary. [Seattle Times]
- In other Bills QB news, Vince Young still sucks, and he’s therefore unemployed. Remember that time when he was a fantasy savior during the second half of the 2006 season and he had 552 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns? Ahhh, memories. [Vince Young on Twitter]
- Terrell Owens was another inevitable cut, and his exit from Seattle means that Braylon Edwards may have actual value as a sleeper in deep leagues. What a world. [Shutdown Corner]