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October 25, 2012

Eagles QB Vick has to step up play immediately

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick isn't looking over his shoulder, though he could be a few more turnovers away from a seat on the bench.

Vick's job as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles has never been less secure than it is now. He's going to have to prove himself on a weekly basis going forward.

"I'm giving it everything that I've got and I'm going to continue to do that," Vick said Wednesday. "I can sit here at my locker and say, 'We're going to do it. We're going to get it done.' It has to happen on Sundays. That's it. Bottom line."

The Eagles (3-3) are coming off a bye that followed two straight losses on final-play field goals. Coach Andy Reid already made it clear he'll do whatever he can to turn the team around when he fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo after six games. After that move, Reid sent notice to the players that everyone's job is on the line, including Vick's.

So far, only left tackle Demetress Bell has been benched. King Dunlap, who lost the job to Bell after getting injured, will start Sunday's game against Atlanta (6-0).

As for Vick, mediocre isn't going to cut it this season. Rookie third-round pick Nick Foles had an impressive preseason, and Reid could make a switch if Vick continues giving the ball away. Vick has 13 of Philadelphia's 17 turnovers on eight interceptions and five fumbles.

"Just protect the ball," Vick said. "It's not hard. It's not a science to it; just protect the football at all times. Despite the circumstances, I still sit back there and try to make the plays that I know I can make and that's just me and my confidence in myself and confidence in the guys."

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