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Falcons open passing camp

June 9, 2003

 (Flowery Branch-AP) -- Michael Vick sometimes is seen as a prototype for NFL quarterbacks, but new Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson sees him as a work in progress.

The Falcons began a monthlong voluntary passing camp today, and Vick worked with the full offensive squad for the first time since last season ended with a playoff loss at Philadelphia.

Johnson, a second-year assistant who was promoted in the offseason, has been working to improve Vick's fundamentals during the past two months.

The lasting memory of Vick's first season as a starter is one of dazzling plays and record-breaking runs.

 But coach Dan Reeves began worrying about a digression in Vick's footwork midway through the Falcons' 9-6-1 regular season.

Vick says, as the season went on, he got tired and lazy with his feet.

He had never endured a 16-game season before.

He says he's working on pacing himself and learning to trust his teammates more on the field.

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