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Geno Smith: Michael Vick's 'my guy,' welcomes Jets QB competition

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Geno Smith says says Michael Vick is 'my guy' and welcomes competition.
Geno Smith says says Michael Vick is 'my guy' and welcomes competition. (USATSI)

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You'd think that the Jets bringing in Michael Vick -- which they did on Friday afternoon -- might make incumbent starter Geno Smith, heading into his second season, a little uneasy. You would think wrong.

Smith, speaking at an event in West Virginia on Saturday, told the Associated Press that "Vick's my guy" and that the signing was "mission accomplished" for the Jets.

"Awesome, man. Vick's my guy," Smith said. "We needed to find a guy that was legitimately a guy that could come in and play. I think that's what we did.

"Mission accomplished."

Vick created a little buzz when saying on a Saturday conference call with reporters that he wouldn't necessarily be OK with sitting on the sidelines all season (even though he eventually did say he'd be cool with it).

"I mean I wouldn't say I would necessarily be okay with sitting on the bench all year," Vick said. "But I know what I signed up for. I know what I came to New York to do. First and foremost I came to compete and be a helping hand for Geno, and he has a long way to go. We both talked. We both agreed we're going to push one another and make each other better. So whatever happens, happens.

"And I know what I signed up for. At the end of the day I'll be content with it."

Fortunately it sounds like Smith and Vick are on the same page. Smith wasn't concerned with Vick wanting to play because he understands that everyone in this business is here to compete.

"That's every quarterback," Smith said. "I understand where Mike's coming from. No one wants to sit the bench. I don't know a player that does."

It's a lot like the "elite" quarterback thing. No uber-competitive football player is going to say they're the "10th-best quarterback" or whatever.

You don't have to be Pete Carroll to use the word "compete." It's a pretty popular slogan in most locker rooms, especially when it comes to quarterback situations that don't feature a stone-cold lock at starter.

"It's just good to have a guy to compete with like Mike," Smith said. "We're going to compete. We're not going to say, 'Hey, you're the starter.' And we'll leave it at that. We want to get better.

"I love it. It's really making everyone work harder and keep you right on your toes because you don't have a moment to be satisfied or just say 'I've arrived.' You've got to continue to work at it."

Smith didn't blow anyone away last year, but it's not like he had a lot to work with. The Jets were stripped bare at the skill positions. 2014 should be much better: in free agency they added former Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker this offseason and are rumored to be in on a possible DeSean Jackson acquisition from the Eagles.

They're strong contenders to land a wideout early in the draft.

Regardless of who wins out between Smith and Vick, the Jets are automatically in a better situation than they were last year.

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