Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets: Geno Smith Will Face Tough Competition From Michael Vick

The New York Jets who struggled mightily in the passing game in 2014, brought in mobile quarterback Michael Vick during the 2014 offseason. It is still not yet known who will be starting in the team’s first game of the season against the Oakland Raiders – Vick or two-year veteran Geno Smith – but it will be decided in the preseason.

We want that competition. We’ll let it all play out,” said head coach Rex Ryan.

Vick, the more experienced quarterback of the two, has the breakaway speed to compliment his passing game, something that may revamp this Jets offense.

With additions like wide receiver Eric Decker and running back Chris Johnson, the Jets are shaping their offense into playoff contenders, something they missed by a couple of games last year.

The Jets passing game was one of the weakest in the NFL, as they finished the year 31st in passing yards per game -183.3 ypg. Many factors may have contributed to this struggle, such as their below average wide receiving corp or their then rookie quarterback, Geno Smith.

Granted, Jeremy Kerley (523 yards) and Santonio Holmes (456 yards) led the Jets in receiving yards – two players that are solid but not the average ‘number one’ or ‘number two’ NFL wide receivers. However, Smith looked inconsistent at times. He posted 12 touchdowns in comparison to his 21 interceptions, reaching just above 3,000 passing yards.

Smith was drafted in hopes of becoming the team’s new franchise quarterback. It may be hard for the team to ‘throw him to the curb’ after just an average rookie year. If he makes smarter decisions with a better receiving team, he may become the player the Jets envisioned him to be on Draft Day.

The two quarterbacks are slated to face off in the four preseason games, but it seems as though Vick may be the favorite to win the job. A versatile quarterback, Vick will need to stay healthy to maintain the job – something that might give Smith the edge if the race is close.

Who do you think will be the Jets starting quarterback? Leave your comments below.

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  • AC

    I think everyone is really over estimating Vick’s abilities at this point. He was an INT machine in the last two seasons before he was injured. He also does not have the breakaway speed he had in 2004. Jadaveon Clowney is probably faster, and there lies the problem. If he takes hits from guys like that, it won’t matter if he starts, Geno will get the ball eventually anyway. We don’t even know how Vick’s arm is now. I am not sure why people just assume he is the better option because of experience. Geno was never drafted to really be the franchise QB either. He started last year as a fluke, and was drafted in the 2nd round because he was presumably the best QB on the board. Idzik’s original plan was probably to see how he did in practice and preseason to see if he could eventually take the reins. That all changed obviously when Sanchez went down. Yes Geno made plenty of rookie mistakes, but he also played well considering the lack of talent on the offense. He will make mistakes this year, he is not Peyton Manning obviously. That doesn’t mean he can’t win games. We just need him to not LOSE games. I’m worried about the age and lack of depth on our offensive line to be honest, if the line doesn’t give Geno protection he will have no chance.

    • Paul Newbold

      Right on AC! Vick has been a turnover machine, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy because of the hits he absorbs during the course of the season! The offensive line in Philadelphia had a lot to be desired and Vick failed to be as productive as a result. Fast forward to this year with the Jets, where the OL starters have struggled through last season, new faces, and a bunch of question marks in the depth department. Vick is an excellent QB, I’m not trying to take that away from him, with a good offensive line to pass protect and open holes for his running game, he has always been productive. Without it however, his game begins to break down and he has forced balls, resulting in the turnovers. Vick was brought here to mentor and back up Smith. They are giving Smith 70% of the snaps through camp! Competition? Hardly. Smith is your starter come day 1 of the season. Barring of course Rex leaves him in the game to play with the third stringers in the fourth quarter of a meaningless pre season game! Vick will make a great back up this season, if he can keep his mouth shut!

    • #7

      Vick is 10x the QB compared to Geno Smith

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  • speakincreeker

    Vick was brought in to give Smith what Mark Sanchez never had – and could have used – which is a guy that can compete with him and make him better. That’s really about it. Unless Geno falls flat on his face the only time we will see Vick on the field will be in per-game warmups.

    • RONBO19

      Actually, i believe he was brought here to provide a viable back up situation at that position as Mark Brunell and David Garrard were way past the point they could actually produce if called upon during their time here! Realistically, the jets haven’t had a good QB situation since we had Vinny and Chad together. I’m sure the publicity may have also been factored into the equation as well. But of course that’s debatable as much of that publicity was negative as many fans have never and will never forgive and forget Vic’s dog fighting past. Frankly, i don’t blame them as I for one could never imagine placing my dog in harms way!

  • Roger Straight

    Geno Smith is in a very bad situation, Geno is not ready 21 INTS last season, Mybe Geno did do some good things last season but he needs to sit for another season. those INT’s where not solely due to a poor offense, those 21 INT’s where due to Geno not being able to read NFL DEFENSES and he will continue to struggle this season to the point that he will lose his starting job.

    Its a bad situation Geno has to produce ” this season ” if not VICK will start and that will give the Jets plenty of time to release Geno and look for their QB of the future.

    • AC

      Actually plenty of those INTs came from either poor protection, receivers who either ran bad routes or did not fight for catchable balls that could have gone either way, and other factors. Sure, of course Geno couldn’t read defenses like a seasoned QB. Of course some of the turnovers were his mistakes. But people still don’t seem to understand that not ever INT is the QBs fault. Even if it looks like the guy is just throwing it to the other team, we don’t know if the receiver just blew his route or not. I can tell you this, there were plenty of balls up for grabs that Jet receivers let fall into the hands of the other team. With an improved WR squad, that should be different. And to the guy up there who said “Vick is 10x the QB Geno is”, what evidence is there to back that up right now? Vick’s past two seasons were a disaster. He clearly thinks he can still run like he did when he was 22, which is not the case, and as far as I know, even in his heyday with the Falcons, they had to cut the playbook in half to dumb it down for him. Vicks strength was and is his athleticism. Geno has decent athleticism and plenty more upside. Even if Vick looks like the better QB, he will have to really outperform Geno to win the starting job. If Geno hits a rough patch during the season and is benched, we will see what Vick can do. honestly if Geno turns out to be a total bust, it will be horrible for the Jets, because they had Teddy Bridgewater and Manziel on the board before they took Pryor this year. If we went through another 6-10 season last year with Sanchez, you can bet we would have taken a QB with our first pick this year. But when it comes down to it Vick is not the answer, he is the insurance policy for a year if the organization decides that Geno cannot be its #1 QB in the future.