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Michael Vick says Eagles are still 'my team'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Michael Vick says the Eagles are 'my team.' (USATSI)
Vick called Philly 'my team' after the second day of minicamp. (USATSI)

Plenty's been made of the changes in Philadelphia this year -- DeSean Jackson said the Eagles under Chip Kelly are running "100 miles per hour" and Brent Celek thinks Kelly's playcalling is going to "change the league."

What remains to be seen, though, is how the quarterback position works. Michael Vick is fully aware that the Eagles could bring someone in via the draft (hello, Geno Smith!) but he's still adamant that the Eagles are "my team."

"Yeah, I still feel like this is my team," Vick told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Wednesday after the second day of Eagles minicamp. "I'll feel that way until I don't feel it. Deep down in my heart I believe in myself, I believe in my abilities and I believe in what I can do. I know with the right team around me I can lead this football team because I've done it before and did it on many occasions.

"I think it's just about the confidence you have and the swagger and the leadership you exude. Not only for yourself but for your teammates."

Vick's confidence has to be increased thanks to the "refreshing" nature of Kelly's offense; there's a reasonable chance he could blow up in the schemes that Kelly runs even at the age of 32 (going on 33 in late June).

He'll have to protect the ball more, make fewer mistakes and pick up on a totally different offense faster than Kelly calls plays.

But if he's right in his confidence and he's right about Kelly -- Vick called him a "determining factor" in his return to Philly -- and how he'll fit in the offense, Vick could remain correct about the Eagles being his team for longer than the immediate future.

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