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"Even though it’s not an open competition, we’re both competing every day," Michael Vick said on Thursday (Walder, May 22).

Vick said that if he and Geno Smith play similarly, "I assume Geno would be the starter."

Vick previously said that he believes Smith is the starting QB (TJB, May 3).

The Jets have said that Vick and Smith would likely compete for the starting job and that they don't want to impede Smith's development.

“You always want to start,” Vick told reporters today at the team facility Florham Park, NJ. “You got to find that balance for me right now, the stage that I’m at in my career. [I am] trying to help Geno, trying to help myself. [I am] trying to continue to be the best I can be, make the most of my opportunities in this situation [and] not overthink it.”

Before we start reading too far into this, there was a reason that Mike Vick waited 10 days after the official start of free agency to sign with a new team.  After playing with the Eagles, Vick wanted to find a team that would offer him a starting role or the opportunity to compete for the starting job.  As Vick says, every player wants to start, but that doesn't mean they will.  When Vick signed with the Jets, it was plain there weren't many teams willing to offer him the ability to start outright.

There is no upside to Mike Vick undermining Geno Smith if he has been told by the Jets front office that he is here to help Geno and step in *if* required.  There's a lot of "ifs" between here and the first regular season game in September and exponentially more between the final game of the 2014 season.

While Vick might yet get a chance to start, there's no reason to rock the boat.

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