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Michael Vick says Geno Smith will be New York Jets' starting quarterback

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick said that Geno Smith is the starter. 

Vick, who signed with the Jets in March to compete for the starting job, made the comment in an interview with NJ.com on Saturday.

"Geno's the starting quarterback for that football team," Vick said. "Ultimately our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be. 

"Myself and (Matt Simms) are all trying to put him in a position where he can get better from Year 1 to Year 2." 

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  • When Vick signed with the Jets, he conceded that Smith was the starter at the time but he eventually wanted to win the job and help Smith improve. 

    Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said last week that a starter has not been named but announced Smith would get the majority of the first-team reps when the team starts its OTA practices later this spring. 

    In 16 starts as a rookie last year, Smith threw for 3,046 yards with 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions as the Jets went 8-8. 

    Smith has expressed confidence that he will continue to start. Coach Rex Ryan, however, said Vick was signed to "push" him. 

    Vick worked with Mornhinweg for four years with the Eagles when Mornhinweg was offensive coordinator. 

    Vick, 34, signed a one-year, $4 million deal after the Jets parted with Mark Sanchez. Vick, a four-time Pro Bowler, played just seven games with the Eagles last season and lost the starting job to Nick Foles.

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