FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan knows exactly which quarterback will start the regular season. But that doesn't mean he's ready to tell the media.
The Jets coach had no problem announcing Geno Smith will start Friday night's preseason game against the Giants. But he refused to cave when the conversation turned to whether Smith or Michael Vick will start Week 1. "I've given in to you guys before. I'm not giving in on this one," he said, jokingly.
Besides injury, what other reason could Ryan possibly have for keeping it a secret? "I haven't thought about any other reason," he said, "but again, that's a pretty glaring one."
Ryan did say he's not tied to keeping three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster -- which means both Matt Simms and Tajh Boyd could be in jeopardy.
As for Friday's "Snoopy Bowl," Smith is expected to play two-plus quarters, followed by Vick. When told that his former linebacker Bart Scott said Vick is the best option if the Jets want to win now, Ryan said: "That's one man's opinion. And Bart, obviously, had to chase Mike Vick around for a long time, so he's got a different perspective maybe than other people."
"But certainly, Bart has a right to his opinion. And we've said it all along, we think we have two outstanding quarterbacks and we want to have, when it's all said and done, two great quarterbacks." Evans, McDougle updates
The Jets placed Shaq Evans on injured reserve after the wide receiver underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday. Earlier in the day, cornerback Dexter McDougle (ACL) tweeted he'll have surgery Wednesday.
Dimitri Patterson (quadriceps/calf/ankle), Ras-I Dowling (groin), Nick Mangold (toe) and Chris Ivory (rib) were limited, while Jeff Cumberland (Achilles), Jalen Saunders (medical) and Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) did not practice.