CORTLAND, N.Y. - There's an art to using two quarterbacks in a game. And timing is everything, said Michael Vick.
"There is a time for it," he explained. "Those plays can be mixed into the game very easily. We won't make a big deal out of that. When it happens, it happens."
Geno Smith, the Jets' presumptive starter, said he's fully on board with the Jets using Vick as a change-of-pace quarterback -- that is, if the team chooses to go that route. "I think it'll have some benefits and there may be some disadvantages, but we won't know until we actually get on the field," said Smith, who labeled Vick a "dual threat" because of his running and passing ability.
Smith also said Wildcat-type plays didn't disrupt his rhythm last season. "I think it helped us," he said. " . . . I think it was pretty successful. Like I said, the coaches make the decisions, the packages, the play-calling, and I'm just going to go out there and rep the play and do my best."
Vick, however, admitted the change-of-pace quarterback plays "didn't last long" in Philadelphia. "That's when we learned that there is a time and place for it," the former Eagle said. "I think you just mix it in, you disrupt things defensively, what the opposition is doing and make it work like that."
But one thing is for certain about the Jets' offensive plans for Vick: "We aren't going to say when it's going to happen, it's just going to happen," he said. "That's our little secret."
New spin on practice
Sunday's practice began on a fun note, as Rex Ryan split up unsuspecting rookies into two groups (offense vs. defense) for a dizzy bat relay race -- in which players took turns running toward the bat, standing it upright and spinning around 10 times with their foreheads pressed against the knob.
No rookie was spared, not even recently-concussed safety Calvin Pryor. Ryan said he had no reservations about Pryor's participation.
"Just trying to get the energy level boosted up," Ryan said of the pre-practice exercise.
"[It was a way to] get guys smiling, laughing and feeling good. Now you are ready to go to work."
Quincy Enunwa, a sixth-round pick, had his best performance of training camp, but that was overshadowed by the loss of Dexter McDougle and an injury to Dee Milliner, who likely suffered a high ankle sprain trying to contest an Enunwa catch on the sideline . . . Eric Decker (quad) sat out practice but told reporters it was precautionary. Chris Ivory (ribs) wore pads but was held out. Dimitri Patterson (quad/ankle) sat out, along with Jeremy Reeves (knee), Tim Fugger (knee), Shaq Evans (shoulder) and Markus Zusevics (knee) . . . Brent Qvale (concussion) was in a red non-contact jersey.