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Michael Vick knows if you turn the ball over, you're not going to win

Michael Vick of the Jets runs the ball

Michael Vick of the Jets runs the ball in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Michael Vick would rather not harp on his propensity for turnovers.

"I've turned the ball over in the past, but I never felt like I was a guy who would come out and throw three picks in a game," the Jets quarterback said Wednesday. "Playing this position is hard, things happen. I'm not perfect."

Vick, who lost two fumbles and threw a pick in their previous meeting with the Bills, has 86 interceptions and 55 fumbles in 136 career games. So it's no surprise coach Rex Ryan said limiting turnovers is a "huge emphasis" for his QBs.

"The one thing that sets Mike back is if he turns the ball over," Ryan said. "He's had some turnover issues in his career. But the skill set that he offers is outstanding. But he knows, if he takes care of the football, we'll be tough to beat."

Vick, who hasn't thrown an interception in his last two starts, said he "knew" his carelessness with the football could be curbed. "I know if you turn the ball over you're not going to win," he said. "The reality of it in the NFL is you're going to turn the ball over."

Vick also stressed that the key to winning games is a total team effort, not just the play of the offense. "The defense getting stops and creating some plays and getting some turnovers and special teams making a play or two. Just being realistic about it, it takes it on all cylinders," he said.

Smith & lesson

Geno Smith stays after practice to work on the "little things" in an effort to fine-tune his game. The Jets' former starter acknowledged backup quarterbacks are in a "difficult position" because "there's always that uncertainty." But Smith is confident he'll succeed when it's his time to shine. "Whenever I get my shot," he said, "I know I'll be ready for it."

Jet streams

S Jaiquawn Jarrett and CB Darrin Walls (calves) were limited, but Ryan expects Walls to play for the first time since Oct. 26 . . . The Saints signed former Jets fourth-rounder Jalen Saunders off the Seahawks' practice squad . . . The Jets' 43-23 loss to the Bills three weeks ago only solidified what Ryan knew all along about Sammy Watkins. "After getting scorched by him, my feeling has not changed at all," the coach joked, referring to the receiver's 157 yards and a touchdown on just three catches. "I think it just kind of confirms what everybody in our building thought, that this guy was an outstanding player and a guy that doesn't come down the [pike] very often."

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