Falcons packing their young gun

The things they're saying about Atlanta's Michael Vick have been said before. In fact, they've been said about a one-time Falcon. Are they true? Find out when the highly-touted young gun goes head-to-head with someone who's already been there and done that.<p>

Strongest arm…one of the most dangerous QBs in the league…quick-strike scoring ability… Green Bay QB Brett Favre has already lived up to that hype. Sunday the Packers get a look at Michael Vick, who is 10 years Favre's junior. Vick is being hailed as the next big thing among quarterbacks.

Vick didn't play last year when Atlanta visited Green Bay. So this will be the Packers' first meeting with the phenom who would have been a senior at Virginia Tech if he hadn't entered the draft early.

One Packer who has seen Vick in action is defensive back/returnman Darrien Gordon. The former Falcon practiced against Vick last season.

"That dude is amazing," Gordon said. "He has the strongest arm in the league. He was a winner in college. He can revolutionize that position He does so many things so well."

One thing Vick does well is run. Fast. Vick is probably one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league. That's one tag no one will ever hang on Favre. He's been compared to mobile quarterbacks such as Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb.

Green Bay coach Mike Sherman said Vick's ability is hard for backups Doug Pederson and Craig Nall to simulate in practice.

"I don't know if you really can," Sherman said. "Nobody on the field can emulate him. Going up against McNair last week was a little like that.

Vick played in eight games last season, starting two when Chris Chandler went down with an injury. Vick threw two TD passes and three interceptions in 2001, compiling a 62.7 passer rating. Atlanta won Vick's debut over Dallas, but lost the season finale at St. Louis.

"He didn't get a lot of opportunity last year," Gordon said of his former teammate. In the next two or three years, he'll be right up there."

The Falcons sent Chandler packing, and the veteran landed as the Bears' No. 2 man this season. Meanwhile, that put Vick in the Falcons' driver's seat. No doubt the Packers' defense will throw everything they can at the inexperienced QB.

"With his inexperience, I think that's what any coordinator would do," Gordon said. "We are going to be well-prepared.

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