Vick fitted for flak jacket that guarantees his health
I'm going to go ahead and assume that they are guaranteeing the health of Vick's ribs, as I have no idea how a flak jacket could prevent a guy like Vince Wilfork from diving into your knees and tearing them apart. Regardless, this could be a great move for the injury prone quarterback. Vick frequently leaves himself open to big hits by scrambling and waiting until the last second to get a throw off. While he has proven that he has the rocks to step into a hit and make the throw, it often ends with him walking gingerly to the sidelines.
With this new flak jacket that guarantees no rib injuries, Vick will be able to step into his throws, take shots to the ribs while his arm remains in the air, and hop back up for the next play.
Vick missed three games last season due to two broken ribs he suffered in Week 10 against the Cardinals. He was also pulled from the Eagles' Week 2 preseason game this year due to a rib injury. Vick might be able to put those bumps and bruises in the past with this new technology.
Despite the fact that his ribs are now safe, Vick remains an injury risk. At 6'0'' 215, Vick is often taking hits from the significantly larger front seven of the defense. The way he scrambles in the open field leaves him susceptible to vicious blindside shots that he doesn't have time to brace himself for. Any time you eliminate the possibility of a certain part of the body being injured, you obviously decrease your overall likeliness of getting hurt, but I still wouldn't put much money on Vick playing all 16 games.
If you take Vick in your fantasy league, be sure to secure a solid backup passer. Going for someone like Philip Rivers or Ben Roethlisberger would be the smart move, but if you want to roll the dice, I really like the value of Jake Locker late in the draft. By the time Vick gets hurt, Locker should be comfortable in his new starting roll, and he has the tools to be a fantasy stud.