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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — Despite the signing of Michael Vick in the offseason, the New York Jets have named Geno Smith the team’s starting quarterback.
“I think he’s taken off from where he left off [last season],” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. “I expect great things in the future.”
Smith was the team’s starting quarterback last year, and played well at times as he navigated through his rookie season. Even though Vick has been a Pro Bowl quarterback, he will start the season on the sidelines.
“I think it’s great for Geno,” Vick said. “I knew the entire time that Geno was going to be the starter, but Geno went out and proved that he’s capable of running this team and putting this team in a position to win.”
In five quarters of play in the preseason, Smith threw only one interception. He also completed 70 percent of his passes with one touchdown.
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Nick Lahem/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) — New York Jets veteran quarterback Michael Vick believes second-year quarterback Geno Smith will be “10 times” better than he was last year.
The Jets signed Vick to be the backup to the young Smith in the offseason and he’s taken it in stride.
“He’s going to be great,” Vick said Tuesday after practice. “He’s going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I’m looking forward to it.”
“You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon,” Vick continued.
Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
“I want to see some production,” head coach Rex Ryan said of Smith. “I think we’ll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let’s have the production, too.”.
Ryan, who is relying on the success of the team for another contract, believes that having Vick as a backup is a good thing for Smith.
“When you have a Mike Vick come in here, you’d better be at the top of your game,” Ryan said.
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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) — The one thing the New York Jets are not short on during training camp is confidence. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner both think they’re on the verge of stardom.
In a recent survery compiled by ESPN, Smith was ranked the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, something he plans on changing.
“The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday after practice. “If I’m No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5.”
In his rookie year, Smith threw 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.
Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Dee Milliner made an even bolder claim.
“The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner told the New York Daily News in an interview Saturday. “I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me.”
Milliner’s rookie season was categorized by many as inconsistent at best. He made 56 tackles in 2013 to go along with three interceptions.
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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The New York Jets selected former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd with the 213th overall pick on Saturday.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s son, Seth, is a freshman wide receiver on Clemson and gave the Jets and…
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is enjoying the big city. The Jets signed Decker this offseason and are hoping his experience playing with quarterback Peyton Manning rubs off on a lot of the younger players…
Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After an 8-8 season, the New York Jets have agreed an agreement with head coach Rex Ryan on a multiyear contract extension, the club announced Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
There was on…
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Jets will look to snap a three-game losing skid on Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith will get the call again, despite his rookie struggles this s…
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) – It has been a rough month for the Miami Dolphins, but with four games remaining this season they remain in the playoff hunt.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins …
Ronald C. Modra/Sports Images/Getty Images(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) — Geno Smith may be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets now, but the former starter, Mark Sanchez, hopes to remain with the team for the foreseeable future.
“There’s no doubt abou…
Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As the New York Jets struggles continue, specifically at quarterback, the team has no plans to bench Smith.
“Right now, I would feel he gives us the best chance to win,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said.
“At times, the…
Leon Halip/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Ravens defense picked off Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith twice and allowed just 220 yards of offense in the 19-3 win over New York on Sunday.
The only three points by the Jets (5-6) came in the fi…
NFL Shield (NFL)(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) — The Buffalo Bills forced four turnovers highlighted by Jairius Byrd’s two interceptions, as the Bills clobbered the New York Jets 37-14 Sunday.
Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith never got comfortable as he was s…
David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith will get all that he can handle on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) defense.
Smith and the Jets (4-3) are coming off an overtime win over the New Engl…
Davie Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) – Nick Folked kick a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 remaining in overtime, and the New York Jets edged the New England Patriots 30-27 on Sunday afternoon.
Folk had initially missed a …
George Gojkovich/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — The Pittsburgh Steelers finally picked up their first win of the season after defeating the New York Jets 19-6 on Sunday.
Not only was it the Steelers’ first win of the seaoson, it was teh 600th w…
Nick Lahem/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Don’t look now, but the New York Jets are now 3-2 after traveling to Atlanta and upsetting the Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Jets’ rookie Geno Smith showed why the team might have a francihse quarterback going fo…
Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The New York Jets have placed quarterback Mark Sanchez short-term injured reserve, which means he is eligible to return after eight weeks.
Sanchez has a labral tear in his throwing shoulder, but said during a co…
Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — Despite not having many of his top playmakers, Tom Brady still found a way to win.
Brady hit rookie Aaron Dobson with a 39-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, Geno Smith was intercepted three times, a…
David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — The New York Jets caught a break in Geno Smith’s first game as a starter. Smith and the Jets topped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18-17 on Nick Folk’s game winning field goal with seco…
Football Texture/iStockphoto(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The New York Jets have named rookie quarterback Geno Smith as the starter on Sunday for their game against the Buccaneers.
Smith got the nod over an ailing Mark Sanchez, who has a shoulder injury. &nb…