New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick believes Geno Smith will develop into one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks.
“He’s going to be great,” Vick said Tuesday after practice, via ESPN.com. “He’s going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Smith will start Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts, but coach Rex Ryan said Vick will play at least a series with the starters.
“I want to see some production,” he said. “I think we’ll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let’s have the production, too.”
Vick, 34, was signed as a free agent to push Smith, who has received about 80 percent of the first-team reps in practice.
“You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon,” Vick said.
Smith feels like he has taken the next step as he enters his second-year in the league.
“Physically, I’m bigger and stronger,” said Smith. “The mental side of it, I’m not thinking as much, not swimming as much. I have a better grasp of the offense. … Ultimately, it’s about proving it on the field, going out there Thursday night and being sharp and having a good showing.”