The New York Jets 1-2 punch of quarterback Geno Smith and Michael Vick will see action tight in the Jets preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Smith will start with the first team offense, while Vick will either be playing with the 1st team offense as well during his reps or he’ll be playing with the 2nd and 3rd string offense.
You would have to believe the Jets coach Rex Ryan learned his lesson from last season when he made the bumbling move of having veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez play behind a backup offensive line in the 4th quarter after he had let Smith play the first three quarters of the game with the first string offense.
Up until that point, Sanchez had played better than Smith during the preseason and he was looking like he would get the starting job. But Ryan’s decision to have Sanchez play behind backups led to him suffering a shoulder injury and being lost for the season in a game against the New York Giants.
Ryan hasn’t named an official starter for the regular season yet other than saying Smith will start tonight’s game. However, it’s possible that Vick would beat out Smith if he plays better than him during the preseason. If Vick plays like he did last preseason while playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, then Ryan would be insane not to start him, because Vick completed nearly 80% of his passes. He was perfect and playing better than anyone could ever hope for.
Geno Smith has got to start showing signs that he’s improving because he can’t afford to have another season where he’s completing just 55% of his passes. Ryan loves Smith as a player, but he’s going to need to get a clue that the Jets won’t be able to win if the guy can’t complete well over 60% of his passes this season.