Is Vick destined to be a Pat?

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Quite whether the Patriots are really interested in taking on the baggage of disgraced NFL quarterback, Michael Vick, remains to be seen. But it seems their enigmatic coach, Bill Belichick is having a little bit of mischief with reporters as the New England Patriots convene training camp ahead of the 2009 NFL season (September).

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t saying whether his team is interested in Michael Vick.

After the Patriots’ first practice of training camp Thursday, Belichick was asked his thoughts about Vick’s possible return to the NFL. He praised Vick’s athleticism but left it at that. Vick said Thursday that he’s getting close to signing with a team.

“Michael is an outstanding player, hasn’t played in a couple of years,” Belichick said. “But right now, our focus is on our team and our players and trying to get the New England Patriots ready and so that’s really where my attention’s been. But he’s a tremendous athlete. Where exactly he is right now, I don’t know.”

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback was conditionally reinstated on Monday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a week after Vick completed a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring.

Still there’s no doubting that having Vick’s double threat in the Patriots backfield would give defensive co-ordinators nightmares. Do they plan for Tom Brady’s arial offensive, for Vick’s elusive running or for the wildcat pass option?

Sleepless nights may be on the cards for the Pats opponents, because that sort of mischief would really appeal to Belichick’s contrary nature.