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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."

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Michael Vick still considers himself a "legitimate starting quarterback in this league."

"I feel like I can compete with the best of them," Vick said Tuesday. "I feel like I can win football games." Vick's play and health have both steadily eroded in recent years, but he likely still has the edge on Geno Smith. If he doesn't, Vick proved with Nick Foles that he's able and willing to mentor a young teammate.

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Jets signed QB Michael Vick to a one-year, $5 million contract.

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A source tells NJ.com that free agent QB Michael Vick will visit the Jets this weekend.

This will be Vick's first official visit of free agency. Reports out of New York have consistently maintained that he is the Jets' top choice at quarterback, as they want him to provide both mentoring and competition for Geno Smith. Vick had arguably the best year of his career with the Eagles in 2010 under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who now holds the same position with the Jets. Even at age 34, Vick would be a heavy favorite to beat out Smith in an open camp battle.

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According to ProFootballTalk, there are "indications" free agent Michael Vick could be moving toward a decision.

It was originally suspected that Vick would wait until after the draft so he could assess the quarterback landscape and choose a destination that would fulfill his desire to be a starter. But after watching Matt Cassel, Chad Henne and Josh McCown get deals, options are drying up. PFT suggests the Raiders, Texans, Browns, Jets, Bills and Titans as possible suitors.

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According to the New York Post, free agent Michael Vick remains the Jets top choice at quarterback.

With Josh McCown off the market, Vick is clearly the Jets top choice. But they want someone to come in as Geno Smith's backup and only take over if he falters. Vick, on the other hand, wants a legit chance to start. He's going to take his time, possibly until after May's draft, to see how the quarterback landscape shakes out. The Raiders remain an option.

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According to the NFL Network, talks between the Jets and free agent Michael Vick have hit a "roadblock."

The roadblock is reportedly Vick wanting a starting job. That's interesting, because it suggests either the Jets have a stronger commitment to Geno Smith than they've let on, or Vick doesn't want to fight for snaps. If Vick thinks he's going to be handed a starting gig at this point in his career without competing for it, he's kidding himself. Reporter Kim Jones says the two sides could revisit a deal in the future. Right now, Vick's best landing spot looks like the rudderless Raiders.