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Eagles QB Vick fumbling at an alarming rate

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Eagles QB Vick fumbling at an alarming rate

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Michael Vick has fumbled in the pocket, fumbled on scrambles and fumbled when he hasn't even been hit.

The bottom line: Vick is turnover-prone.

Vick's inability to hold onto the ball cost the Philadelphia Eagles a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He lost two more fumbles in a 16-14 loss to the Steelers, bringing his season total to five in five games.

Vick also had another fumble that was recovered by a teammate and one more that didn't count because it was overturned on replay.

Overall, he's put the ball on the ground eight times this season.

``There's nobody more competitive than this guy,'' coach Andy Reid said Monday. ``He knows that he can't fumble. He knows he can't have turnovers. Nobody knows it more than the player. He doesn't want to go out there and do those things.''

Yet he does at alarming rate.

The first time Vick lost control of the ball came at the end of a 9-yard run to the Steelers 42 in the first quarter. He dove headfirst and the ball popped loose. But Reid challenged the call and it was overturned because Vick was ruled down by contact.

On the same drive, Vick committed the costly fumble at the Steelers 1. That one turned out to be pivotal in a game decided by Shaun Suisham's 34-yard field goal as time expired.

``That contributed to the loss,'' running back LeSean McCoy said. ``You need to at least score three. If we get seven, it's a different ballgame. We just made turnovers. We have to stop it.''

Vick's next fumble came at the end of the first quarter on a run to the Eagles 34. It didn't cost Philadelphia any points because the defense got the ball back on downs.

In the end, that wasted opportunity inside the red zone was the difference. As a result, the Eagles are 3-2 instead of sitting alone atop the NFC East with a 4-1 record.

``I wish I could take back the fumble on the goal line, but I can't,'' Vick said. ``Ultimately, we put ourselves in a position to win this game, but we didn't win. That's how it goes in the NFL. You wish you could have some things back, and there are plenty of things I wish I could have back through the course of this season, but you can't get them. I will do a better job of protecting the football.''

Vick lost a fumble and threw six interceptions in the first two games, but rallied the Eagles to 1-point wins over Cleveland and Baltimore with final-drive touchdowns.

He didn't throw a pick in a 26-7 loss to Arizona in Week 3, but lost two fumbles. One was a backbreaker. It also occurred inside the 5 and was returned for a touchdown. That 14-point swing was too much for Philadelphia to overcome.

Vick has gone three straight games without throwing an interception. But his fumbling is quite problematic. Since the start of last season, Vick has fumbled 18 times in 18 games. Nine of those were recovered by the opponent.

``We've got to go back and work on ball security and he knows that and he's gonna get it right just like he did with the interceptions,'' Reid said. ``We're gonna get it fixed. It won't be the last time he carries the football. He just has to secure it away, keep it high and tight. When he's traffic, get that thing covered up with the off hand.''

Reid said he doesn't think the extra equipment Vick wears on his chest to protect his oft-injured ribs is preventing him from tucking the ball away. Ball security has always been an issue for the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Vick fumbled 27 times in 30 games for Atlanta in 2004-05, losing 12 of those. Overall, Vick has lost 39 of his 84 fumbles in 116 games.

``As a coach, you continue to emphasize it in practice,'' Reid said. ``As a player, you make sure you make it happen. When things are alive and going fast in the game, you make sure you go back to the fundamentals. I've got trust he'll get this right.''

Vick and the Eagles host the rested Detroit Lions (1-3) on Sunday. The Lions are off to a slow start after reaching the playoffs last year. Like the Steelers, they'll be coming off a bye when they play Philadelphia.

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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.

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Tomas Satoransky set to enter unpredictable free agent market for point guards

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Tomas Satoransky set to enter unpredictable free agent market for point guards

Of the Wizards' players set to hit free agency on June 30, one who has a good chance to return is point guard Tomas Satoransky. He and center Thomas Bryant are atop the team's priority list with Bobby Portis likely too expensive and Jabari Parker set to enter the market unrestricted.

Satoransky will be a restricted free agent, meaning the Wizards can match any offers made by other teams. And in talking to members of the Wizards' coaching staff and front office, they speak of Satoransky like he is part of their future.

Still, nothing can be assumed and especially in a year in which many teams have money to spend. As Kevin O'Connor of the Ringer noted this week, there is more cap room available this summer than the previous two combined. That could lead to 2016-level contracts where role players get paid like starters and average starters get paid like stars.

What will make Satoransky's market interesting, though, is the fact there are some much bigger names available at his position. At point guard, teams with the most money can go after All-Stars like Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and D'Angelo Russell. There is then a robust second tier that includes Malcolm Brogdon, Terry Rozier and Ricky Rubio. Then you have Derrick Rose, Elfrid Payton, Patrick Beverley, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo.

It is a great year to be a free agent, but maybe not the best year to be a free agent point guard. The position class is absolutely loaded.

Satoransky, though, will still draw plenty of interest and among the teams expected to check in on him are the Mavericks, Pacers, Magic and Celtics, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

The Celtics have already been tied to Satoransky by Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports. But they also have their sights set on some of the bigger fish at point guard with rumors tying them to Walker, in particular.

The Utah Jazz were also expected to pursue Satoransky, but their trade for Mike Conley Jr. has taken them off the list. The Phoenix Suns could also emerge as a suitor, though they are being linked to higher profile free agents at this point.

Both the Wizards and Satoransky expressed interest in a contract extension midway through the 2018-19 season, as NBC Sports Washington reported, but those talks didn't get much further. The Wizards ended up putting a lot of things on hold once they drifted out of the playoff race and ultimately fired team president Ernie Grunfeld.

With senior vice president Tommy Sheppard serving in the interim, though, Satoransky has a big proponent calling the shots in the Wizards front office. Sheppard scouted Satoransky before the Wizards drafted him and was key in convincing him to leave Europe for the NBA.

Satoransky likes playing in Washington and recognizes an opportunity at point guard with John Wall set to miss most of next season due to Achilles surgery. But he also recognizes this as a chance to earn the biggest payday of his career.

How much money Satoransky will ultimately receive is hard to predict. Those in his camp are apprehensive to throw numbers out there because even they aren't sure. He wants a long-term deal and his fit in the rotation is a big consideration, according to someone familiar with his plans.

One potential comparison could be Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, who makes just over $9 million per year. Though VanVleet is arguably better, Satoransky is hitting the market with more money to go around. 

Many have tried to project Satoransky's market in the past few months. Soon we will find out just how valuable he is.

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