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Geno Smith will start on Thursday against the Colts in the Jets' first preseason game.

Rex Ryan made the QB announcement on Monday after practice.

Michael Vick, as the depth chart indicated, will be the No. 2 quarterback.

Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms are battling for the No. 3 quarterback position, if the Jets choose to carry three QBs on the roster.

The Jets have repeatedly said that they want to let the QB battle "play out" but this is what everyone expected all along.

The Jets are giving Geno every chance to earn the starting role for the team at the beginning of the season as they should. He's grown leaps and bounds since this time last year and his future playing has more upside than Vick offers.

As we've maintained all along, it comes down to ball security for Geno; if he can protect the football while moving the chains, then that's all this Jets defense will require.

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