Vick attempts to dismiss talk of competition and wants to push Smith to get better.
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick has conceded that Geno Smith will be the starter for the team heading into the new season and wants to help him become better.
Speculation has continued to suggest that the two will engage in a deep rivalry ahead of the new campaign given that Vick arrived looking to secure a starting berth.
However, the former Philadelphia Eagles star has insisted that he accepts that Smith will be the starting quarterback, which is undoubtedly a contradiction to his earlier comments when first joining the franchise.
Former team-mate LeSean McCoy recently spoke out on the situation and reiterated his belief that Vick is a much better option than Smith, but it appears as though Vick is eager to avoid causing controversy.
“Geno’s the starting quarterback for that football team,” Vick said Saturday at a personal appearance, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com.
“Ultimately our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be. Myself and [third-stringer Matt Simms] are all trying to put him in a position where he can get better from year one to year two.”
The veteran signal-caller has been keen to remind everyone that he still considers himself a starting quarterback, and after choosing the No.1 jersey earlier this week, he will undoubtedly hope to displace Smith with off-season workouts and training camp ahead.
Other theories suggest that Vick has already started the mind games in terms of trying to offer Smith some security but ultimately he will continue to push him as hard as possible and see how the second-year quarterback reacts to the pressure.