Though officials claim the two are on a level playing field, it's pretty clear Smith already has the support of the young wide receivers as well.
David Nelson told FOXsports.com Tuesday that he was mostly impressed by Smith's maturity since last season.
“He is taking authority over the offense and taking command over that group," Nelson said. "When you see that, you see guys who want to play for him and you see a bunch of guys start to embrace him. You’re going to see a much more cohesive unit this year because of his maturity and because of his understanding of the offense and how the NFL works as a whole.”
While Smith and Vick may be fighting for the starting spot, Vick has made it clear that he is happy to take on a mentor role for the young QB, as well as the other rookie players (FOXsports, July 17).
"I honestly think his experiences off the field has been a huge component of what he brings to the locker room," said Nelson. "He's been through a lot and had to overcome a lot of real-life stuff and he applies that to his game on the football field. He doesn't let the small stuff get to him."
It's interesting that someone would put a number on it, but it seems that it might be in line with what happens come camp next week. Vick knows the offense and needs less time soaking it up. The Jets want Geno to succeed and will do what it takes, but they also know what they have in their backup should the need arise.
Smith has made strides, but we'll need to see how it plays out on the field this summer in camp and specifically in the preseason games before we can know for sure what the Jets might have this season.