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Tricks with Vick? Ever-elusive QB could be option for Jets in wildcat-style plays

  • New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) runs the ball against the New York Jets in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) runs the ball against the New York Jets in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) avoids Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton (61) in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) avoids Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton (61) in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

Michael Vick could potentially play a role in the New York Jets' offense even if he's not the starting quarterback.

Coach Rex Ryan didn't dismiss the possibility of using the 34-year-old — and still-elusive — Vick as a change-of-pace option in a wildcat-like or zone-read package. Ryan says Saturday he recognizes that Vick has "special talent," but also says he wouldn't want to put him at risk physically.

Vick, signed in March to back up Geno Smith, has struggled to stay healthy in recent seasons because of his all-out approach on the field. But, he still has a knack for making plays, as he showed in the Jets' 13-10 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. Vick had a 15-yard run in the second quarter.

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