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Jets head coach Rex Ryan was asked at the NFL Annual meeting in Orlando if Geno Smith had a chance to win the Jets' Week 1 quarterback job. "I would say yes," Rex said. "It's going to be interesting to see the competition, but Geno is going to be hard to beat out."

As we all saw, Geno had some rough times during his first season as an NFL quarterback in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast based system. In Geno's last four games, the light seemed to switch on. While three of those games came against weak competition, it was his steady if statistically unspectacular performance against the Panthers that impressed me the most.

Of course, Ryan is facing these questions in the wake of last Friday's signing of Michael Vick to a one-year, $5 million contract. Vick seems like he might have an inside track to start, despite the company line and Rex Ryan's public statements to the contrary. Until both Geno Smith and Mike Vick see time together on the field during training camp, or in preseason games, don't expect anyone to talk about Vick as being ahead of Geno Smith ... Vick will need to prove it.

While having written all that, it still might take Smith having a very impressive preseason to remain the team's starter. 

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