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Michael Vick won't stand in the way of Geno Smith
CORTLAND -- Michael Vick had long assured Marty Mornhinweg that he was on board with the plan.
While the organization has yet to declare Geno Smith the starting quarterback, Vick made it clear in the offseason that this is Smith's team. That's why the veteran quarterback wasn't fazed -- at least publicly -- by the discrepancy in first-team reps between the signal-callers.
Thursday was the first training-camp session in which Smith took all of his reps (16) with the starting offense. As expected, those reps had been heavily skewed in Smith's favor to this point -- but Vick had been given a few opportunities to work with the starters.
"I think having all the first-team reps allows him to get into a rhythm with the receivers, develop that rapport with the first-team offensive line, with the running backs," Vick said, when asked about the benefits of Smith getting the bulk of the practice reps.
"Time is short. We've got a preseason game next week, in four weeks we'll be playing our first regular-season game so, it's time to buckle down and get everything situated and moving in the right direction."
Asked if he expects Smith to continue getting all of the first-team reps from here on out, he said: "Yeah, I mean, pretty much it's been that way.
"So, like I said, I told Marty. And Marty understands that, look, we have a certain mission to accomplish and we've got to get things going and we've got to get on the right track, and I understand that. I won't stand in the way of that."
The flip-side of that is that Vick doesn't have the benefit of time to foster relationships with his new teammates. But after all these years in the NFL, he isn't worried.
"It don't affect me at all," he said. "I know how to approach practice in a professional manner. I take advantage of every rep I get. I come to work every day to get better. I feel like I'm getting better each and every day and that's a great feeling at the age of 34. You just feel like you're coming to work and getting better, and pushing he young guys and still pushing myself and still watching the film, feeling like I'm getting good results."