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Michael Vick makes a big statement on Steelers debut

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If we were told that there will be a free agent signing this pre-season that sparks outrage, you could probably be forgiven for assuming it would be a team signing Ray Rice.

But the reaction from Pittsburgh Steelers fans to the announcement that they have signed veteran quarterback Michael Vick this week has been nothing short of hostile.

A big showing

Vick made his debut for the Steelers on Saturday night as they fell to a 43-19 defeat to the Buffalo Bills.


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Ben Roethlisberger started the game under centre for the Steelers but only made two completions in the game for a total of 30 yards.

Vick soon took over and he showed a lot of promise for the team and it all started from a very impressive first throw for Pittsburgh.

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Vick saw very limited action with the New York Jets last season but he didn't look rusty at all last night.

A 63 yard completion to Martavis Bryant was arguably the perfect way to start his Pittsburgh career given the backlash the team have suffered following his signing.

Vick went 4/5 and threw for 106 yards to help the Pittsburgh cause but they were just outmatched by the Bills last night.

Fans appeased?

Vick hasn't been with the Steelers for long and he is already a controversial character after some fans did everything they could to show their displeasure.

One fan even started an online petition to prevent the team signing him which currently has over 29,000 signatures.

Displaying a good link up with Bryant will go a long way to having the fans welcome Vick more, but it may not be something we see much of.

Vick will be playing second choice behind Roethlisberger this season and should the Steelers first choice miss any time, we will get to see the 35 year-old veteran on the field.

Bryant will however be suspended for the first four games of the season while Pittsburgh will also be without star runningback Le'Veon Bell for the first game of the season.

Pittsburgh will once again face an uphill battle to win the AFC North division this year but confidence is understandably high within the camp.

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