NFL News: Ex-QB Michael Vick Talks About Jets' Chances, Controversial Rusher Joe Mixon
Former quarterback Michael Vick is sceptical about the New York Jets' chances in the upcoming season. The Jets have unloaded their veteran players and focused on youth in their rebuilding after a 5-11 campaign last season.
"Man, good luck," Vick told Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com. "I don't even know who the quarterback is going to be. Good luck. I know there's three of them."
The Jets have signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to compete with young signal-callers Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg for the starting job. However, Vick believes that coach Todd Bowles should start Hackenberg.
"I would throw Hackenberg out there," said Vick, who played one season with the Jets in 2014. "I would groom Petty. Listen, you've got two quarterbacks who in their collegiate careers were very successful. Now, you've got to bring somebody in who can make that work".
While he respects McCown, Vick is not convinced that he should start for the Jets next season. Vick said McCown should help the two young quarterbacks mature while trying to win the full-time job himself.
Meanwhile, Vick also talked about running back Joe Mixon, who was taken in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals despite his controversial past. Mixon was caught on video punching a woman during an argument in 2014.
"Joe got an opportunity," Vick said, per a USA Today report. "I think he's learned from it and hopefully he's humbled by what's happened to him."
Vick also had a controversial past, spending nearly two years in a federal prison after being convicted for his role in a dogfighting ring. Vick returned to play seven seasons and start 48 games with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.
A top overall pick by Atlanta in the 2001 Draft, Vick played for the Falcons for six years before he was jailed. After his release, he was signed by the Eagles and played in Philadelphia for five seasons. In 2014, he played 10 games for the Jets and five games for the Steelers in 2015.
In his career, Vick tossed for 22,464 yards and 133 touchdowns, per NFL.com. He also ran for 6,109 yards and 36 touchdowns.
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