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NFL roundup: Vick says critics are 'ignorant'

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick called out critics who say he holds on to the ball for too long before he makes throws.

"I'm really tempted right now to just say no comment to that because like I said a second ago, you don't last 12 years in the NFL not being able to read the defense," Vick told radio station 97.5 FM in Philadelphia recently via PhillyMag.com. "Those people who are talking and saying that are just ignorant, and they know nothing about football.

"Unless they turn on the film and watch my game and see what goes on, then they'll replace those comments with the right comments."

New Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been working with Vick on doing a better job of holding on to the ball and is encouraging him to run more.

---New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have an operation on his left forearm on Monday, according to the Boston Herald.

Gronkowski broke the forearm during last season and he reinjured it during the playoffs. It also got infected. It will be the fourth procedure on the forearm since the injury occurred.

--Even though safety Cooper Taylor was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, the New York Giants were convinced that selecting him in the fifth round of this year's draft was worth the risk, the New York Daily News reported.

Taylor found out in 2009 that he had Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPWS), a rare condition that affects the electrical pathways in the heart. Taylor had an operation to repair the problem the day after being diagnosed. It was included in an extensive medical report that Taylor made available to teams.

---Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel said in a radio interview that the Bills offense is less complex than the system he used at Florida State.

"The funny thing is it's easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State," he told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "It's a true West Coast-type progression offense. That's really what I wanted when I was coming through the pre-draft process. I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. That's it, it's that simple. I love it."

---Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young knows he has a mental illness, Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch told the Detroit Free Press. Tulloch said Young once showed him paperwork explaining his disorder.

"He's aware of the situation that he's dealing with and he showed me a paper, and we went over it and I looked over it, and I understand it," Tulloch said. "A lot of people laugh about it ...but it's real."

Young was arrested May 10 in California for the third time in a week for allegedly breaking into a house. He faces 7 1/2 years in prison.
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