Michael Vick told reporters on Thursday, he does not think he will be the starting quarterback come week one of the 2014 regular season.
"It's still tough right now -- I won't lie," he said. "Deep down, you always want to be a starter, you always feel like you're a starter, and that's just the competitive nature in me. Hopefully, that opportunity will come again one day. I've just got to keep working for it." Vick told NJ.com
Vick spent last year on the Eagles and won the starting job, over current starter Nick Foles. Eventually losing it after an injury.
"Going into camp with Nick, we knew it was an open competition and the best guy was going to win the job -- the guy who performed throughout OTAs and the preseason," said Vick, who prevailed over Foles before losing the job during the season. "That's just what it was. It was pretty much cut and dried. Via NJ.com
Vick played in only six games in 2013 and finished with 1,215 yards passing, five interceptions and three touchdowns. Vick has also never had a year in which he’s completed 60 percent or more of his passes. The closet he came, was in 2011, when Vick completed 59.8%. Geno Smith had a better overall completion percentage (55.8) with the Jets in 2013 as a rookie, than Vick did with the Philadelphia Eagles (54.6) as an eleven year veteran. Smith also didn’t have anywhere near the weapons Vick did.
So it should come as no surprise if Smith gets the nod week one. Even if, the organization has not named him the starter. The feeling in the Jets lockers is Smith will be the guy.
(Smith) is the starter. He had a rookie year, the ups and downs of a rookie season. There's no reason to make hasty moves right now." Sheldon Richardson telling NJ.com
Smith has been saying all the right things. Calling Vick a “wily vet.” As well as playing like he’s got something to prove and Smith does. After not having the greatest rookie season. Throwing 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Smith will have to play much better, if he expects to keep the starting job.
"I try to work as if I'm the underdog," he said. "That's something that helps me get better, having that constant edge, that chip on my shoulder." Smith told NJ.com
I expect to see Smith starting week one, unless he gets injured during the preseason. Vick is a more than adequate backup, a four million dollar one, but a backup nonetheless.
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