Vince Young impresses after slow start to camp

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Before the start of Thursday night’s Eagles preseason opener, the talk in Philly was that Mike Kafka has significantly outplayed Vince Young in training camp.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on air Young could have a hard time holding Kakfa off for the backup QB job.  Coach Andy Reid considered keeping Young on the sideline Thursday because he’s so new to the offense, but Young’s performance Thursday night could remind the Eagles why they signed him.

Young completed 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards, including a 32-yard strike where Young broke free of two tacklers.  (Yep, in the picture above.) Michael Vick was impressed.

“Once the lights go on, it’s a totally different feel out there,” Vick said. “Things have been slow, but you have to understand he’s new to the system, and this offense is very sophisticated.”

Kafka, meanwhile, was intercepted on his first series because of a weakly thrown ball. He bounced back to have a decent second half against third-stringers, but the Eagles only scored three points with Kafka under center.  Kafka still needs to show he has the arm strength to succeed in the NFL.

It was only a brief appearance, but Young helped his chances of keeping that backup role Thursday night.

45 responses to “Vince Young impresses after slow start to camp

  1. He does need to learn to not run backwards 15 yards when he has pressure up the middle.

    That only works in Madden.

  2. ‘when the lights are on’ …. yeah…. as long as the whole place is focused on him…. first time somebody boos or a coach offers some advice though…. prepare for hissy fit….

  3. He looked okay. I’m not sure I would go so far as to say he was impressive. The offense really tried to pound the ball with Ronnie Brown when he came in.

  4. what is this the Eagle news network? Im going to stop coming to this site if you guys keep up this gushing over the dream team.

    its sickening.

  5. Impressed… must have been surprising! Why do we treat Vince Young like a rookie?

    He’s not just entering the league, nor a second year QB. This is his 6th year in the league and he’s been a starter for many of them.

    I realize that was a quote from Vick… but is that how team mates still view him… some kid they need to encourage and coddle? At what point do we stop raving about him ‘impressing’, and note that he did his job as ‘expected’…?

    Just seems like a strange statement for a supposed veteran QB.

  6. jetlionlove says:
    Aug 12, 2011 8:47 AM
    sophisticated? are they having tea and crumpets in huddles?

    Do you even understand what that “big” word means there buddy?

  7. OMG what a shock. A QB with a 98.6 rating last season looked good in a preseason game.

    Sometimes I wonder if you media types even know what you’re watching. Let’s see here, a QB who went 30-17 for a team whose other QBs went 15-18 over that same time frame, whose passer rating has improved in every full season, who had a 98.6 passer rating last year, whose QBR from 2009 was #12 in the last three seasons combined and whose 2010 QBR hasn’t even been published yet but would certainly rank higher, actually plays well.

    Like I said, I can see how that would be surprising to somebody that doesn’t actually pay attention to what is happening on the field, doesn’t understand what they’re watching, and/or gets all their information from gossip and hearsay.

  8. “this offense is very sophisticated”

    No doubt, with their two offensive plays:

    1) Hand off to running back

    2) Run around like crazy until you finally find open receiver; throw ball into dirt.

    And these two geniuses will still take weeks to get “familiar’ with it.

  9. @blgmprt – GR was actually quoting Mike Vick… however my confusion still remains from the standpoint of Vicks comment.

  10. @richm….throw ball in dirt?? Stop talking clown. BOTH MV7 and VY scrambled and avoided sacks all the while keeping their eyes down field and making big plays. The result? Vick hits Cooper for 42 yards and VY hits hall for 32 yards. No dirt brotha. 0 rings. 0…

  11. blgmprt says:

    “…..OMG what a shock. A QB with a 98.6 rating last season looked good in a preseason game.

    Sometimes I wonder if you media types even know what you’re watching. Let’s see here, a QB who went 30-17 for a team whose other QBs went 15-18 over that same time frame, whose passer rating has improved in every full season, who had a 98.6 passer rating last year, whose QBR from 2009 was #12 in the last three seasons combined and whose 2010 QBR hasn’t even been published yet but would certainly rank higher, actually plays well.

    Like I said, I can see how that would be surprising to somebody that doesn’t actually pay attention to what is happening on the field, doesn’t understand what they’re watching, and/or gets all their information from gossip and hearsay….”
    ===============================

    HERE..HERE!!

    IT’S AS IF EVERY SINGLE TIME VY DOES ANYTHING…AND I MEAN ANYTHING GOOD ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD IT’S AS IF THE MEDIA AND MANY OTHERS WHO SEEMINGLY DELIGHT IN HIS MISCUES, WHICH APPARENTLY ENHANCES THEIR LIVES IN SOME SAD WAY, REACT AS IF THEY HAVE JUST SEEN AND HEARD A DOG TALK. THEY CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT AND THEY JUST KNOW DEEP DOWN IT CANNOT BE REPEATED. DESPITE CONSIDERABLE EVIDENCE TO THECONTRARY!

    @ESPNFeedback

  12. For the poster that complained he thought this was the “Eagles Network.” Up until a year and a half ago, I couldn’t understand why so little was discussed concerning the Eagles. “Can’t please everyone all the time.”

  13. blgmprt says: “OMG what a shock. A QB with a 98.6 rating last season looked good in a preseason game.” Passing: 17 attempts/game, 139 yds/game. Rushing: 13 yds/game, 3 fumbles lost in 9 games. He doesn’t have a Chris Johnson to hand the ball to. Good luck with a guy who produced 152 yards of offense a game last year.

  14. A 6 year veteran, the 3rd overall pick in the 2005 draft…. and people are stoked about him playing reasonably well in the first preseason game.

  15. “what is this the Eagle news network?”

    Obviously, the Eagles get a lot of attention here because there is a lot of interest in them. Which team should this site focus on…the Buffalo Bills?

  16. Vick + VY Wonderlic score combined = 26
    Romo Wonderlic score = 37
    __________________________________

    What is this the SATs? Oh, your’re jealousy and frustration only fuels me and my Eagles, and gives us strength. Romo can’t get to the playoffs, let alone win a game there. He is made of glass.

    Everyone loves to hate VY, but he is a proven winner, and he wasn’t on much of a football team.

  17. Sometimes I wonder if you media types even know what you’re watching. Let’s see here, a QB who went 30-17 for a team whose other QBs went 15-18 over that same time frame, whose passer rating has improved in every full season, who had a 98.6 passer rating last year, whose QBR from 2009 was #12 in the last three seasons combined and whose 2010 QBR hasn’t even been published yet but would certainly rank higher, actually plays well

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    VY apologists are everywhere here in TX. How about some of the following:
    — throwing his shoulder pads into the stands last year, effectively quitting on his team.
    — engaging in openly visable shouting matches with the coaching staff.
    — that crazy “VY might commit suicide” incident from a couple years ago
    — showing ZERO maturity and leadership when things don’t go his way, on and off the field
    etc, etc…

    He has a winning record and put up that 98.6 rating….and STILL no GM was willing to give him anything other than competion for a job.
    And he didn’t even get that in Philly.

  18. Well we all know wonderlic scores mean everything.
    Hey melonhead, did the cowboys win the division last year? Nope EAGLES did. But the cowboys did get the most coveted FA, wait that was Philly. To their credit they did bring in the NFL’s best FA class right? No Philly did. Vick was runner up for MVP, While Kitna looked better than Romo last year. Hey at least after doing nothing relevant in free agency you guys have more cap room then the EAGLES , huh? No? ? Enjoy missing the playoffs AGAIN!

  19. What is this the SATs? Oh, your’re jealousy and frustration only fuels me and my Eagles, and gives us strength. Romo can’t get to the playoffs, let alone win a game there.

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    I guess you missed that 34-14 playoff win over the Eagles. I can’t blame you for having mentally blocked it. That playoff win is more recent than any playoff win Vick and VY have, by the way.

  20. Hey jacksaysfu…

    Enjoy seeing the Eagles not win another Super Bowl no matter how hard they try! haha

    Get rid of Andy Reid and the coward dog killer and they might have a chance. That team needs more character, less characters.

  21. how is going 3 for 5 with one lucky pass play against the second team good?

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    It’s the Eagles… it’s called “lowered expectations”.

  22. Must be raining in 31 other cities…cause its sunny as hell here in Philly

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    Of course it is… the season hasn’t started yet.

  23. Hey Eagles fans… does it kill you to know that an undrafted guy has more playoff wins than your #1 and #3 overall pick QBs in the last 5 years?

  24. melonnhead says:Aug 12, 2011 10:02 AM

    Vick + VY Wonderlic score combined = 26
    Romo Wonderlic score = 37

    ————

    Too bad you cant win playoff games with just a Wonderlic score

  25. The only story here would be if the Eagles paid a veteran backup QB $5M For 1 year and he couldn’t show them something positive.

    Young’s ability to make plays and look pretty good on the field has never been in question. Not for me.

    His ability to do all the small things on and off the field to be dependable, and to handle the criticism that comes with the inevitable bad games now and then with some maturity, are still in doubt.

  26. NFLJunkie says:
    Aug 12, 2011 11:40 AM
    The only story here would be if the Eagles paid a veteran backup QB $5M For 1 year and he couldn’t show them something positive.

    Young’s ability to make plays and look pretty good on the field has never been in question. Not for me.

    His ability to do all the small things on and off the field to be dependable, and to handle the criticism that comes with the inevitable bad games now and then with some maturity, are still in doubt.

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    Actually Young looked pretty good in his short appearance. Give the guy a break this isn’t an easy offense to learn in a short period of time.

  27. Also for those of you who bashing Vince Young, remember Vick in his first year here behind McNabb. He looked HORRIBLE in preseason. Even last year he looked horrible in preseason. Doesn’t mean anything. You won’t know how good Young can be in this offense until he has had the time to really learn it.

  28. melonnhead says: Aug 12, 2011 11:16 AM

    Hey Eagles fans… does it kill you to know that an undrafted guy has more playoff wins than your #1 and #3 overall pick QBs in the last 5 years?
    ===================================

    Yeah…and that would be exactly one. Congratulations on that arbitrary five year demarcation, too. Otherwise you’d have to admit that Vick has 2 playoff wins. 2 > 1.

  29. “imswayze says:
    Aug 12, 2011 10:23 AM
    What is this the SATs? Oh, your’re jealousy and frustration only fuels me and my Eagles, and gives us strength. Romo can’t get to the playoffs, let alone win a game there. He is made of glass.

    Everyone loves to hate VY, but he is a proven winner, and he wasn’t on much of a football team.”
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    LOL, it’s clear that imswayze failed his attempt at the SATs given that “well-written” post. Oh, and I’m sure an anonymous post on a blog is really going to “fuel” your Eagles and you.

  30. NFLJunkie says: Aug 12, 2011 11:40 AM

    The only story here would be if the Eagles paid a veteran backup QB $5M For 1 year and he couldn’t show them something positive.

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    Yeah! We know you’ve been thrown into the West Coast system five days ago from running a vastly different, more simplified offense since college, but you had better play like Joe Montana RIGHT AWAY, or our money has been wasted!

    I’m only sorry that you aren’t a GM for an NFC team other than the Eagles. It’d be one less road bump to cross on the way to the Super Bowl.

  31. Melonnhead has cluttered this entire thread up with inane responses that stink of fear.

    Keep on taking trash! It will make our sweep of the Cowboys this year that much sweeter.

  32. Kafka was 13-19 for 132 yards and an interception. He was accurate and got rid of the ball quickly.

    Young will have to play better to win the backup QB position.

  33. @melonhead
    You proved that Wonderlic does not determine good QB play on the field.

    Eagles drafted QBs have been sitting behind the starting QB who was winning multiple playoff games in the last 8 years. Where have you been? watching 1990 Cowboys flashbacks?

  34. melonnhead says:Aug 12, 2011 10:02 AM

    Vick + VY Wonderlic score combined = 26
    Romo Wonderlic score = 37
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    Well i “wonderif” Romo will ever win a playoff game. I say Vick has a higher score there.

  35. zeussuperman says:
    Aug 12, 2011 1:42 PM
    NFLJunkie says: …
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    Yeah! We know you’ve been thrown into the West Coast system five days ago from running a vastly different, more simplified offense since college, but you had better play like Joe Montana RIGHT AWAY, or our money has been wasted!

    I’m only sorry that you aren’t a GM for an NFC team other than the Eagles. It’d be one less road bump to cross on the way to the Super Bowl.

    Reading comprehension is a lost art.

    Didn’t say they wasted their money, and I said I expected Young to deliver some of those highlights because that’s his history. He’s an experienced player with great ability. That’s the really good part of VY.

    What he also has a history of doing is melting down emotionally and shirking responsibility. That’s the really frustrating part, and you can’t tell if that’s under control based on a couple of quarters of preseason ball as a #2 QB. It’ll wear you down if it’s still a problem for him, though.

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