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Geno Smith will get most of reps with first team

Jets QB Geno Smith sets to pass during

Jets QB Geno Smith sets to pass during the team's first day of minicamp at their training facility in Florham Park, N.J. on June 17, 2014. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Geno Smith doesn't have the starting job just yet, but he'll continue to get the bulk of the quarterback work in training camp.

Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Wednesday that Smith will get about "70 to 75 percent'' of the reps with the first-team offense in Cortland next month.

"I'll get him a couple reps there with the second group as well,'' Mornhinweg said. "Here's my job, this is my responsibility and my duty, really: I've got to continue to progress the young quarterback that's got 16 games under his belt. That has to happen.''

But he also stressed that backup Michael Vick has an important role.

"Mike has a great responsibility to this football team,'' Mornhinweg said. "He has to have himself ready to play at a high level at any point, including now.''

For now, though, it's Smith's show. And the coaching staff appears confident that he can take a leap forward in Year 2.

"Last year at this time it was 24-7 coaching footwork, where his eyes are, what his progression is, who his initial read is, all of the different looks he could see,'' Mornhinweg said. "This year, we call a play and boom, he's sprinting in and he's got it. Quite different than last year.''

Despite his "duty'' of developing Smith, Mornhinweg said the organization will put "the best player'' on the field. Vick, however, repeatedly has said it's not an "open competition.''

Woody Johnson, of course, disagreed.

"I don't think Michael Vick is resigned to anything,'' the Jets owner said, referring to Vick's being the backup. "I think Michael Vick is a born competitor, [and] like most of the people in this locker room, will compete on everything. So I wouldn't take it at face value.''

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