(6/8/15) Free agent quarterback Michael Vick is confident that he can still start in the NFL, if he gets an opportunity.
At a golf tournament in Washington, Vick replied, "Absolutely, yeah I do (think I can start)," per NFL.com.
"I think when you're a veteran, you can do it," he said. "You understand everything that goes on throughout the course of an NFL season, throughout the course of a preseason. So you know how to pace yourself. You've just got to stay training. You've just got to work out. You have to make sure when you go in that you're in tip-top shape and not lagging, because if you do, it's going to show."
Vick was a backup for the Jets last season.
Free agent QB Michael Vick: 'Last year was a wake-up call'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/15) Veteran quarterback Michael Vick is a man without a team. He's 34 years old. And the last game he played in the NFL caused him to be benched.
Vick hit rock-bottom with a 7-for-19 effort for the Jets in a loss to Buffalo last November. But he's working to prove that he'd be a worthy addition.
"I still feel like I can help a football team win a couple of games," he told the Virginian-Pilot.
Vick, who has been working out at a facility owned by former Dolphins standout receiver Chris Chambers, questioned his drive after last season. He said he went "back to the drawing board" and sought to gain five pounds while maintaining his speed and quickness against linemen and linebackers who have gained a step on him over the years.
"At the end of the day, football is what I love to do," he said. "When you have passion for it, you have to sacrifice and put the hard work in. ... Sometimes, it takes certain things to wake you up and (last year) was certainly a wake-up call for me."
Report: Browns offered Josh Gordon to Eagles for Nick Foles
The Browns allegedly made the offer prior to the 2013 season. At the time, Gordon was set to face a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Foles was recently named the team's backup behind Michael Vick.
Chip Kelly, who was in his first year as the Eagles' head coach, reportedly had some concerns about Gordon's suspension, but was also high on Foles.
While both players produced in 2013, Gordon has continued to get himself in trouble with the league. Foles had a bit of a down year in 2014, but played in just eight games after a collarbone injury.
Foles is expected to head into next season as Philadelphia's starter. Gordon has been suspended for the entire season after testing positive for alcohol in a recent drug test.
Report: Jets unlikely to bring Michael Vick back in 2015
Vick is a free agent in 2015, and the Jets are willing to let him test the market. At this point, a return to New York will depend on what the Jets do in free agency and in the draft. The 34-year-old veteran passed for 604 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in 10 appearances. He recently told reporters he believes he has a "good, solid two years" left in his career.
Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is 'future of the NFL'
Despite Winston’s troubles away from the field, Vick believes Winston will be the league’s next big star.
"I think he's the future of the NFL," Vick said, per ESPN.
While some NFL teams are concerned about Winston’s character, Vick believes Winston's talent on the field will overshadow any mistakes he makes off it.
"But I do know one thing: He may make some poor decisions, but he gets on that football field and he plays his ass off," Vick said. "Yeah, he can mature. He'll mature. I see him maturing as time goes on. Like, this year hasn't been as bad of a year as the first year was for Jameis. I think the kid will continue to improve."
Michael Vick is still looking for a job at the time of publication, but no matter where he ends up, he will be a backup quarterback with minimal Fantasy value. Vick, 35 in June, played for the Jets in 2014. He had just 604 passing yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions playing behind Geno Smith, and he also added 26 carries for 153 yards. Vick's best days are behind him, and it's unlikely he will earn a starting job again. He should not be drafted in the majority of Fantasy leagues.