Vick knows getting Brown the ball is a key


Last week quarterback Mike Vick had three days to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens.

This week he has 11 to get ready for the San Diego Chargers next week on Monday Night Football.

And he plans on taking advantage of every second.

"It's going to be great to have a full week of practice, a couple of extra days just to continue to study, continue to hone in on some of the things I feel like I can get better at," said Vick on Friday afternoon. "The offense as a whole, there are a lot of moving parts. I understand that. I can certainly do my job in getting it done."

One of those moving parts is receiver Martavis Bryant, whose four game suspension is now over and is eligible to be activated for the Chargers game. Having him back as a weapon can only help the offense.

"I think it's going to be great for this entire team, especially for us on offense," said Vick. "It will allow Antonio (Brown) not to see as much double coverage. Now you have to double one of the two and that is the plus to that.

"It's a key addition for us, not only because of what he can do for us as a football player, but his presence in the locker room. We miss him. We understand what he was going through. As a brother we are glad he is back on the field with us."

Against the Ravens Brown had only five receptions for 42 yards, ending numerous streaks he had. Vick knows he has to get Brown more involved in the offense, and this week will give them the time to develop more of a rapport, something Brown and Ben Roethlisberger have mastered over the past few years.

"It's hard to do," said Vick. "It's not going to be easy. Ben and Antonio have chemistry that is out of this world. I admire it from afar. I enjoy watching it. In these short amount of weeks I can only do so much, but we certainly have enough time to get on the same page. Not do everything they did; I am not Ben. I need to get on the same page as him, get him involved more. He is one of the best pass catchers in the league.

"I have to find ways to get him the ball regardless of what type of coverage he is seeing. It's going to take a week for us to work through everything to talk and watch film together, not just him but all of the receivers and Ben and find a way to get the ball to him more."

Vick came in early to watch film of the team's 23-20 overtime loss to the Ravens, seeing areas where they can improve. He said it's never easy to get the disappointment of a loss behind you, and you almost have to let it sting before you can let go of it.

"You have to let it hurt," said Vick. "That is part of what motivates you and makes you want to get back out there and do it again. You have to let it burn. It's certainly going to burn, we all have feelings and emotions. We all love the game. That has to be the motivation this upcoming week in practice and leading into the game."

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