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Vick, as expected, lost the starting quarterback competition to Geno Smith, coach Rex Ryan announced Friday.

It was Smith's job to lose all along, and Vick never really made it a battle. Ryan made the announcement after the team's third exhibition game Friday in which Vick went 4-of-5 for 35 yards and a touchdown.

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Vick completed 3-of-6 passes for 17 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Colts, adding 19 yards on three carries.

Vick played two drives, one with the starters and one with the second team. His first drive ended with a touchdown, but he was facing backups and largely aided by a pair of 15-yard penalties. If Vick's going to make a case to overtake Geno Smith, he'll need a larger sample size to work with. Smith probably just needs to avoid embarrassing himself in order to hold on to the starting job.

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The Jets are unlikely to use Vick as a change-of-pace quarterback, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.

We're going on Cimini's gut-feel here, not a specific quote from Rex Ryan, but given how dialed-in Cimini is with the Jets, you can take it to the bank. In other words, it appears the Jets actually learned something from the Tim Tebow fiasco. It's good news for Geno Smith, who doesn't need to look over his shoulder.

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Michael Vick got just four first-team reps as Jets camp opened, compared to 13 for Geno Smith.

As expected, the starting job is clearly Smith's to lose. "I think that's already been addressed as far as who the starter is. There's no more speculation about that," Vick said Wednesday.

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The Newark Star-Ledger lists Michael Vick as one of the "duds" at Jets minicamp.

Jets OG Willie Colon, who is injured, and third-string QB Matt Simms were listed as the other "duds." Per beat writer Frances Micklow, Vick "still has the arm and athleticism, but seemed to struggle at times" in non-contact practices. Geno Smith has built a relatively comfortable leading entering training camp. Vick could still pay off for the Jets as a willing mentor to Smith.

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Coach Rex Ryan reiterated that there is a competition for the Jets' starting quarterback job.

"There is competition, there's no doubt," Ryan said following Wednesday's OTA session. This comes two days after Michael Vick insisted he doesn't see the job as an open competition. After Ryan spoke on Wednesday, the media spoke again with Vick. Vick went on to say, "Nah, it's not an open competition." The coach and player are clearly not on the same page. Vick was likely told the job is Geno Smith's to lose upon signing. But if Vick looks better during training camp and preseason, we'd think he'd get the nod under center come Week 1.

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Michael Vick insists he doesn't see the quarterback job as an open competition.

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Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, coach Rex Ryan said Michael Vick "definitely" has a chance to win the Jets' starting job.

However, Ryan added that Geno Smith is "going to be hard to beat out." That's mostly just coachspeak - the Jets wouldn't have signed Vick were dying to keep Smith under center - but Ryan and the team's brain trust have made it clear Smith is the No. 1 until Vick proves otherwise. Smith can keep his job with a strong camp and preseason. Vick proved to be a willing mentor for Nick Foles in Philadelphia, so Gang Green won't be afraid to keep him on the bench.

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Michael Vick conceded that he's currently behind Geno Smith for the Jets' starting quarterback job.

"Geno's the starting quarterback," Vick said. "Our goal is to try to help Geno become the best he can be. Myself and [third-stringer Matt Simms] are all trying to put him in a position where he can get better from year one to year two." Despite Vick's comments, OC Marty Mornhinweg insists that the quarterback spot is open for competition. Geno is ahead of Vick at this point in the offseason, but the Jets won't hesitate to make a change if he struggles.

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Although Geno Smith is handling first-team offseason reps, Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg insists Michael Vick will be very involved in the competition.

The Jets aren't paying Vick chump change -- he's collecting $4 million in 2014 with another $1 million available through incentives -- and he'll enter training camp squarely in the hunt to be New York's Opening Day starter. "He's 33 years old and he's still got it," Mornhinweg said of Vick. "I look at him as a young 33; he's still got it. He's going to compete hard, he's going to push, he's going to make Geno and the rest of the quarterbacks the very best they can be. When he's called upon to play, I've got great confidence in Mike."