Last week, Michael Vick insinuated that the New York Jets starting job belonged to Geno Smith, and he would merely be the back up, helping in any way possible. But today, after Jets OTAs, coach Rex Ryan wasn’t calling Smith the starter.
“There is competition (at the quarterback position) no doubt” Ryan said after practice. Vick, however, conceded the concept of him starting, yet again. “Nah, it’s not an open competition” the 33 year-old veteran said after today’s practice.
Vick did say that he’s “here to compete every day, to help this team win football games” but seems adamant it’s Smith’s job. Ryan, while preaching competition, noted Smith probably has the upper hand: “I’ve said from day one (since Vick signed) Geno will be hard to beat out.”
Team officials have reportedly said they want Vick to “push” Smith, and “compete” with the second year quarterback out of West Virginia. General manager John Idzik is also one to stress competition, not just at quarterback, but every position.
Vick and Smith shared first team reps during the OTA session, and although no official announcement has been made, teammates believe Smith is currently the starter, according to ESPN New York.
Ryan called the quarterback position on his team a “deep position” and said that the ensuing competition will be “fun to watch.” When asked if Vick could start week one against the Oakland Raiders if he outplays Smith in preseason, Ryan said “I think we’ll let it play out a little bit” the coach continued “it’s only the second day of OTA’s, let’s let it play out.”
After reviving his career in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2013, Vick signed with the Jets in the offseason for one-year and $4 million.