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Plaxico Burress: Michael Vick will be Jets’ starting quarterback

Michael VickPlaxico Burress thinks he knows who will end up as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets, and it’s not Geno Smith.

Plaxico was serving as a guest analyst on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Monday and shared his thoughts on the Jets quarterback race. Simply stated, Plaxico believes Michael Vick will win the starting job.

“I know Rex Ryan and I know his mindset. He brought Michael Vick in there for a reason. Geno Smith is very capable of playing the quarterback position, but when it comes to training camp and it comes to the preseason with those two guys competing to win the starting job, I know Michael Vick very well. I know (Vick’s) competitive nature and his will to play the game,” Burress said of Vick.

“Michael Vick will be the starter on opening day for the New York Jets. When it comes down to evaluating the quarterback position, being a pure passer and a guy who can make plays, and when it comes down to decision-making … Michael Vick will be the starter on opening day for the New York Jets.”

When “NFL Live” host Jonathan Coachman questioned Burress’ thinking by pointing out that Rex has supported the team’s 2013 second-round pick, Burress still stood by his prediction.

“Rex can say Geno is his guy, but when it comes down to competing for a starting job, it’s going to be Michael Vick.”

What makes Burress a respected voice on the subject? He played for the Jets in 2011, so he spent a season with Ryan as his coach.

I don’t know if Vick will be the starter in Week 1, but I agree with Burress that Vick is the better quarterback between the two. And even if Vick wins the job, he’ll get hurt like he always does, so it’s not like Geno wouldn’t start at least some games.

We’ll see whether Plaxico turns out to be right. All I know is that guy is inaudible and not a very good person to have on a TV show. I had to crank up my volume just to get a few sentences.

Report: Michael Vick has been ‘laughably bad’ in practice

Michael VickStarting positions in the NFL are typically not won or lost in mid-June, but that might wind up being the case with the New York Jets. The Jets want Geno Smith to earn the starting quarterback job so they can continue to develop him as a player and solidify the future of their offense.

According to one report, Smith is getting absolutely no competition from Michael Vick at the moment.

Vick, who recently said that it hurts “deep down” to not be a starting quarterback, has apparently looked horrendous during minicamp. The New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch shared some observations after watching practice on Wednesday morning.

It’s also worth noting that Smith isn’t exactly lighting it up, so he’s probably not running away with the job at the moment.

All things considered, Smith did a decent job last season. He’s reportedly getting 75% of the first-team reps in camp for a reason. Starting as a rookie quarterback in the NFL is an incredibly difficult task, and Smith proved that by turning the ball over a ton. He also managed to win eight games, so it could have been much worse.

Fortunately for Vick, it is only June 19. But if he doesn’t improve dramatically over the next two months, it sounds like Rex Ryan will have a very easy decision on his hands.

H/T Pro Football Zone

Michael Vick: ‘It does hurt deep down’ not being a starting QB

Michael VickMichael Vick has by all accounts been a good and supportive teammate despite being a backup quarterback no longer in the spotlight. But that doesn’t mean the former No. 1 overall pick doesn’t miss being a starter.

During an interview with NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones on Wednesday, Vick was asked about being second string and backup to Geno Smith with the New York Jets.

Vick talked about how the two will push each other in competition. Jones then said that most people still consider Vick to be one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the league, and she asked whether he still thinks of himself as a starting quarterback.

His answer was pretty introspective.

“I do,” Vick said firmly. “It’s hard not. I think, at times, it does hurt deep down that I’m not in that group (of the 32 starting QBs in the NFL). But everything happens for a reason, and maybe it’s time for me to just kind of sit back and kind of appreciate what I’m going through now to make me a better quarterback in the future.

“I still feel like I have a couple of years left and still move pretty good,” said Vick, who also acknowledged that the mental side of being a quarterback is important and that he keeps it sharp.

Whether Vick is one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the league is irrelevant when it comes to explaining why he’s not a starter. He’s not a starter because he’s no longer a franchise quarterback; he’s not a guy you can rely on to help you win games consistently. He had that chance in Philly following his stellar 2010 season, but he showed the next two seasons that he’s unreliable either because he gets hurt or commits too many turnovers. Because he’s not a franchise quarterback, the teams who don’t have very good QBs would rather invest their time and money in seeing whether a young guy can become a franchise QB rather than give first-team reps to a guy who will be 34 years old and has shown inconsistency throughout his career.

But would Vick give the Jets a better chance to win games next season than Geno? I believe so. And I bet we’ll see him in quite a few games.

Joe Namath: Michael Vick is better than Geno Smith

Michael VickVery few people would be surprised if Michael Vick wins the starting quarterback job over Geno Smith for the New York Jets. Vick is a veteran who has trouble protecting the football, but he has won games in the NFL and played under Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during his entire tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. Most importantly, Vick has Joe Namath’s endorsement.

“If Mike’s healthy I think he’s the better player at this point,” Namath said Tuesday, via Seth Walder of the NY Daily News. “Geno’s got some talent no doubt, but we’ve already seen Michael and what he can do. And having some knowledge of Marty (Mornhinweg’s) offense, I think that’s an advantage too for Michael to make the transition.”

Let’s not understate what Smith did as a rookie last season. He started all 16 games for the Jets with a very limited supporting cast, and he still somehow led the team to an 8-8 record. Granted, he threw just 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, but life as a rookie in the NFL can be incredibly humbling. Plenty have fared worse than Smith.

“Of course, the coaches are going to decide who’s out there,” Namath added. “But boy, I don’t know any football fan that’s been around for the last nine or 10 years that doesn’t think Michael could be outstanding and is probably the best player at this time.”

Jets fans are likely more excited about Vick than they are Smith. Eagles fans felt the same way when their team brought Vick in, but that honeymoon ended in a hurry. Personally, I don’t feel that either quarterback is going to make the Jets a contender in the AFC. But at the moment, Vick’s ceiling is probably slightly higher.

Keep in mind that Namath said last year that the Jets didn’t need to draft Smith. He has always been critical of the team since Rex Ryan came aboard, and I’m sure Rex is tired of hearing it.

Michael Vick to wear No. 8 with Jets

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Michael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire collegiate and NFL career. His clothing line, V7, was built around his jersey number. When Vick signed with the New York Jets, it quickly became obvious that he would have to choose a new number for the first time in his 11-year NFL career. That number is 8.

On Sunday evening, Vick posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing a No. 8 Jets jersey.

“I want to see everybody in there MV8 jerseys this year,” he wrote. “I appreciate all the fans that helped. Fresh start..new me! #JetsNation #GangGreen #V8″

As most of you know, Geno Smith wears No. 7 for the Jets. Vick looks awkward wearing 8, but we’ll get used to it. I’d say people might confuse Vick with Steve Young while he’s running around wearing No. 8 throwing passes left-handed, but Young typically threw to his own players. Vick has more of a tendency to throw to the other team.

Michael Vick to give up No. 7 with Jets?

Michael VickMichael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire NFL career, but it sounds like his run with the lucky number is about to come to an end. Vick signed with the New York Jets last Friday, and they already have a No. 7. His name is Geno Smith.

Before Vick signed with the Jets, a report indicated that he would likely make a fuss about being able to wear No. 7 because his brand is built around the number. Vick does have a clothing line called V7, after all. However, TMZ is now reporting that the 33-year-old veteran has no intention of trying to pry the number away from Smith.

“I want to pick a new number for the Jets,” Vick reportedly said. “Number 7 is Geno’s number.”

TMZ’s sources added that Vick is trying to prove he is a capable leader by giving up the number and does not want to create unnecessary drama with his new team. He said he hasn’t decided what number he will wear but is open to suggestions.

If Geno is dead-set against giving up No. 7, I can understand why Vick would just let it go. However, getting a teammate to give up their jersey doesn’t always lead to drama. We have seen guys successfully trade a big chunk of cash or a year’s supply of diapers for a number, so it might be worth Vick’s time to negotiate.

Michael Vick: Jets would be ‘happy’ to have DeSean Jackson

DeSean-Jackson-Michael-VickMichael Vick signed a contract with the New York Jets on Friday, and he apparently already feels comfortable speaking on behalf of his new team. With rumors swirling that the Philadelphia Eagles are actively shopping DeSean Jackson, Vick was asked about the possibility of reuniting with Jackson after five seasons together in Philly.

“If there’s an opportunity to get DeSean, I’m pretty sure the New York Jets fans would be in favor of that,” Vick said, per Around the League’s Marc Sessler. “But who knows, it takes a lot to make a trade happen (with) all of the intricacies of a contract. It’s not for us as players to decide. But hopefully everything will work out for DeSean. If he ends up in New York, we’ll be happy, just as happy as he will be. But who knows, you can’t say.”

The Jets are one of a number of teams who are interested in Jackson, and any trade for the 27-year-old would be relatively complicated. Jackson holds a cap charge of $12.5 million next season, which is a lot more than most teams want to pay. However, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reported that he is not interested in restructuring his contract.

Mehta also cited a source who said there is no way Jackson will be in Philly in 2014.

“Philly is trading him or cutting him,” the source reportedly said. “That’s a fact. They don’t want him.”

Jackson reportedly does not expect to return to the Eagles next year, so it seems like a foregone conclusion that he will be playing elsewhere. The Jets have already signed Eric Decker, and acquiring a player like Jackson would instantly give them one of the better receiving corps in the AFC — on paper, of course.