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Smith will start Friday night's preseason game against the Giants, ESPN.com reports.

The report suggests that Smith is expected to work for two-plus quarters with the Jets' starters on Friday, and while coach Rex Ryan hasn't confirmed the second-year signal-caller as the team's Week 1 starter, it's an assignment that Smith is expected to draw, barring an injury. As far as when there might be an official announcement to that effect, Ryan noted, "when we think it's the right time, we'll tell you."

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Smith completed 10-of-13 passes for 98 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Bengals. He added four carries for 20 yards and a score.

Though his passing numbers were unimpressive, Smith led the first-team offense to two touchdowns and a field goal, with the Jets' running game also playing a huge role. A good portion of the production came against Cincinnati's backups, as the Jets continue to build Smith's confidence by leaving him in games against second-stringers. With all signs indicating that the Jets want Smith to start, the second-year pro has done enough to keep his job.

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Smith completed 4-of-6 passes for 33 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Colts, adding one carry for 10 yards.

Smith got the start and played two drives, leading the Jets to three points on a 51-yard field goal. Michael Vick led Gang Green to a touchdown on his only drive with the first-team offense, but the drive was largely fueled by penalties, and the Colts were playing backups on defense at that point. The Jets clearly want things to work out with Smith, so it would probably take a drastic performance -- on either his part or Vick's -- for the second-year pro to lose his starting gig. While Smith is clearly capable of turning in an awful game, neither quarterback did anything that would make a significant difference Thursday night.

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Smith has been listed as the Jets' starting quarterback leading up to Thursday's preseason opener against the Colts, the New York Daily News reports.

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The New York Daily News reiterates that the Jets quarterback job is Geno Smith's to lose.

The Jets are calling it a competition between Smith and Michael Vick, but that's really a case of semantics. The Daily News says the battle is really between "Good Geno and Bad Geno," with Vick an "innocent bystander." Smith is expected to get roughly 75 percent of the first-team reps as camp opens. "If he doesn't screw up in July and August, the job will belong to him," writes beat man Manish Mehta.

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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.