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Tipped passes have haunted Vick

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By Eric Edholm

When Michael Vick left Virginia Tech as the No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft, one of the knocks on his game was his propensity for having passes batted down. One reason was Vick's 6-foot height; another was his semi-sidearm delivery. Neither of those factors has really changed over the years, but Vick's tipped passes really haven't been a huge problem for several years until 2011. He actually figures that he has had more passes batted down at the line than ever before, but observers in Atlanta say his early years in the pros featured this problem as well. It was a non-issue last season as the Eagles moved the pocket well, getting Vick away from traffic. But it has not been as easy to do so this season. Vick also can account for several of his interceptions (he has had at least one in eight of his 10 starts this season) on passes that were batted at the line, by linebackers dropping in coverage or spying or by defensive backs.

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