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Geno Smith, Michael Vick Getting Their Game On

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Both Jets QBs Eager for Their Own Reasons to Get Preseason Started vs. Indianapolis

New York Jets football returns Thursday as the team hosts the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium in their preseason opener. While that’s definitely exciting for fans, quarterbacks Geno Smith and Michael Vick are excited for their own reasons.

Smith said he is motivated to get on the field for an actual game to see how all the work he’s put in during the offseason will translate to his play on it.

“I’m physically bigger, stronger, and on the mental side of it I’m not thinking as much, not swimming as much,” Smith said of his progression from this time last year. “I have a better understanding of the offense and really just understanding my surroundings a lot better. Ultimately, it’s about proving it on the field, going out there on Thursday night and being sharp and having a good showing.”

Head coach Rex Ryan named Geno the starter for Thursday’s game during Monday's news conference, citing his demeanor on the field and in the huddle.

During the Green & White practice on Saturday, Smith led four drives and scored once with a Nick Folk field goal. The offense had its chances in the red zone and at the goal line but could not find the end zone. Smith said that against Indianapolis, he hopes to see more points on the scoreboard.

“We did a lot of good things. We did a lot more than I anticipated coming out of that game, but the thing was we didn’t put it together in the end,” he said. “We didn’t score down in the red zone. We missed assignments. Overall I think we got better, but obviously we want to score more points.”

While Smith is determined to get more points on the scoreboard, Vick said he’s eager to play against a new opponent, one he doesn’t see as often.

“I’m looking forward to playing against a different opponent other than our defense every day,” Vick said. “It’s been a great camp, rough going against those guys, though. It feels good to get those pads on against someone else.”

Ryan said today that the plan is to have starters play until the second quarter, which is when Vick would enter the game. Vick said that although it’s a preseason game, he is preparing as if it’s a regular-season matchup.

“I’ve had a couple of different experiences in the preseason. The one thing you don’t want to do is not take a rigorous approach. You want to go out there and accomplish something,” said Vick, who will be making his Jets debut on Thursday. “When you try to just get through it, bad things always tend to happen. For me, it’s always been an injury. I think right now we have to continue with what we’ve built on the foundation that we’ve laid and try to be effective, try to be productive.”

Vick showed flashes of his old self, scrambling twice during the Green & White for 35 yards, including a 20-yard scramble on third-and-17. He said he has no anticipation of his playing time for Thursday’s game, leaving that decision to the coaching staff. He said, however, he will make the most of the opportunities he gets under center.

“I think that’s totally up to the coaches,” he said. “I know there’s guys that we have that need to get that work in, that need that real live action. As much as I can play, I’m going to go out there and do the best that I can.”


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