Geno Smith seems kind of excited.
He's excited about training camp. He's excited about the Jets' new offensive weapons. He's excited about his Under Armour sponsorship. He's even excited about the acquisition of Michael Vick.
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Sunday afternoon in SoHo, Smith was so good at being good-natured -- signing autographs and posing for pictures -- that he looked every bit the face of a franchise. But, of course, there's a catch: With the start of Jets training camp Wednesday at SUNY Cortland and a proven Vick looming as the backup, the second-year quarterback is not locked in as the starter.
Far from excited, many would be concerned.
"I haven't really been paying attention to that aspect of it," Smith said. "I know Mike and myself, we train very hard and we'll push one another . . . We're all getting better and I appreciate having Mike and having him on my team as a teammate."
But what about the competition? After all, owner Woody Johnson has said there will be genuine competition for the starter's job, noting that four-time Pro Bowler Vick is a "born competitor" and isn't "resigned to anything."
Even so, Smith seemed determined to maintain his nothing-to-see-here attitude, even with the team being only two years removed from the Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez fiasco.
"Every day is a competition," he said. "We all want to compete, every single guy on the depth chart, and that's what's going to make us better."
After a rocky start to his rookie year, Smith showed improvement near the finish, winning three of his last four despite a near-weaponless offense. Most important, he didn't throw an interception in his last two games (he finished the season with 21). That showed potential, and potential to do well with his feet to the fire.
Good thing, too, given that Johnson is loath to accept another mediocre season and that coach Rex Ryan has asserted that the Jets, 8-8 last year, are a postseason team.
This, too, Smith took in stride. "I love the confidence that Rex has," he said. "I know we all have confidence in our team and our organization and we're working hard . . . The season will come and we'll see."
For all the uncertainty, Smith does have a reason to be excited.
The additions of wide receiver Eric Decker, running back Chris Johnson and tight end Jace Amaro, whom the Jets chose in the second round of this year's draft, mean that the offense around him has the potential to do substantial damage.
"I'm eager," he said. "We're just continuing to build, continuing to work hard, continuing to grow and work better with one another . . . I'm ready to get things rolling, start practicing."
Then: "I'm very excited."