Geno Smith doesn't believe he's the starting quarterback of the Jets. He doesn't plan to act as if he is, either.
"I want to take every single rep as if I'm trying to make the team," Smith said Thursday night at MetLife Stadium during the Jets' draft party for season-ticket holders. "I have a lot to prove to myself, to my teammates, to these coaches. That's the way I see it."
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Smith started all 16 games in his rookie season after Mark Sanchez was injured in the preseason. The Jets signed Michael Vick in March, presumably to compete with Smith for the job, but Vick told NJ.com earlier this week that there won't be any competition.
"Geno's the starting quarterback for that football team," Vick said. "Ultimately, our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be."
Vick said as recently as January that he still feels as if he's a starter in the NFL. Smith thinks that, too.
"I look forward to competing with him, as I stated," Smith said. "Mike is a guy I feel can play in this league for many more years to come, and he's proven it. I'm only trying to get to the point where he was, where he's proven it: experience in playoff games where he's doing well. And that's the position I want to get to. That's something I think he can help me grow into and learn. We're going to help one another."
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said last week that Smith will get "a few more reps" than Vick with the first team in minicamp and implied that there indeed will be a competition.
Said Smith, "As I always state, I'm going to compete as if I'm the last guy on the depth chart trying to make the team, because I believe that's what's gotten me here."