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Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg said Geno Smith will get 70-75 percent of the first-team quarterback reps when training camp opens next month.

Michael Vick has reportedly looked awful the past couple days at minicamp, and some question whether his heart is even in it. Smith, on the other hand, has been getting the bulk of the first-string snaps for much of the offseason. That's not going to change anytime soon. The Jets clearly want him to start Week 1.

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Geno Smith said he has turned his focus from learning the playbook to "perfecting" it.

Geno would do well to tackle competence before he sets his sights on perfection, but the sentiment of his comments have merit. Smith was woefully inconsistent last season, but he showed flashes of very good play, especially in New York's wins over Atlanta, Oakland, and Cleveland. It is not inconceivable that with another year in the system and better weapons around him Smith could put together a solid 2014 campaign.

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Geno Smith is working mostly with the first-stringers during OTAs.

Smith is also taking the first-team reps in "critical moments," if that's actually a real thing during these non-contact practices. Regardless, it's further confirmation that the second-year man will head into camp with his nose in front of Michael Vick. If the battle at training camp is close at all, we'll likely see Smith under center when the Jets host the Raiders on Sept. 7.

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Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg admits the team's quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick isn't a true 50-50.

"We're trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go," Mornhinweg said. "It's just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations." It's been obvious all along that Smith has a leg up, but the coaching staff admitting so is probably designed to provide a confidence boost. The job is not being gift wrapped. Smith has to earn it in the camp and preseason.

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Geno Smith got the first rep with the starters at Wednesday's OTAs.

Michael Vick mixed in with the starters behind Smith as the two shared the first-team reps. It's exactly what was expected. The Jets are portraying this battle as Geno's job to lose, and it will stay that way through preseason games. Ultimately, both guys are good bets to make starts this season.

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Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, coach Rex Ryan said Geno Smith is "going to be hard to beat out" for the Jets' quarterback job.

"He knows the offense forward and backwards," Ryan said. The Jets are working hard to rebuild Smith's confidence after signing Michael Vick. Speaking late last month, OC Marty Mornhinweg said Smith would begin the offseason atop the depth chart. Smith is indeed the favorite to start Week 1, but has little room for error as he attempts to hold off Vick.

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Speaking Tuesday, Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg said Geno Smith will begin the offseason as the Jets' No. 1 quarterback.

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The Jets told newly signed RB Chris Johnson their quarterback position would be an open competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick.

"They said those two will battle it out in camp and may the best man win," said Johnson. The Jets' best case scenario is Smith plays well in the preseason and wins the job outright, but they would not have brought in Vick unless there was some doubt about Smith's ability to develop into an NFL starter. Smith posted a 12-21 TD-to-interception ratio in 2013.

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Asked at the NFL meetings whether Geno Smith has a chance to win the Jets' Week 1 quarterback job, coach Rex Ryan replied "I would say yes."

"It's going to be interesting to see the competition, but Geno is going to be hard to beat out," Ryan insisted. Geno struggled in his first season of OC Marty Mornhinweg's system, and the Jets signed Michael Vick to a one-year, $5 million contract last week. Vick will enter camp as the favorite to start. Smith may have to blow away Jets brass in preseason games to make it competitive.

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Jets coach Rex Ryan offered support for beleaguered second-year QB Geno Smith at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Rex stated he believes Geno is "going in the right direction," citing some late-season passer rating stats and the Jets' stretch-run won-loss record. Smith's rookie year was mostly a mega-disappointment, finishing with a 12:21 TD-to-INT ratio and pathetic 5.3 adjusted yards-per-attempt average. Jets GM John Idzik has been openly noncommittal on Smith as the team's 2014 starter.