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New York Jets

By Mark Morales-Smith, Friday, September 12, 2014

Michael Vick is one of the most exciting and polarizing players to ever play. Vick has revolutionized the quarterback position and is the ultimate dual-threat. His issue is (and has always been) his health. Vick has only once played all 16 games in a season, which was way back in 2006. Vick is clearly the most talented quarterback on the Jets' roster, but a subpar minicamp has opened the door for second-year man Geno Smith to be the Week 1 starter. Vick will get his opportunity, because the bottom line is he is a much better player than Smith is right now; however, the Jets understand in order for Smith to improve, he must play. Vick was having an average season for the Eagles in 2013 when he once again was injured. Nick Foles came in and played so well that Vick never got his job back. Vick may have realized that his playing days are numbered, so he has added four pounds of solid muscle to help improve his durability. Vick's fantasy status is on a wait-and-see basis, but when he gets his opportunity to start (and he will), we all know what he is capable of. Vick is most likely only draft worthy in deeper leagues as a backup. One big game though and he will be a hot commodity on the waiver wire.

In his rookie season, Geno Smith showed why he slipped out of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Much like his day at West Virgina, Smith was wildly inconsistent and was a turnover machine. Smith threw just 12 touchdowns to go along with 21 interceptions and seven fumbles. These numbers resulted in a 35.9 QBR. While Michael Vick is clearly the superior quarterback, Smith is expected to be the Jets' starter. He has been taking 75-percent of the snaps with the starting unit this offseason. His passing numbers are miserable; however, Smith is a decent runner. He carried the ball 72 times for six TDs and 366 yards. He lacks elite speed, yet defenses have to respect his ability to take off out of the pocket. Smith did have a few big fantasy weeks against Buffalo, Atlanta and a tough Cleveland defense. He also went from October 20th to December 8th without throwing a single touchdown pass and that just can't happen again if he wants to keep his job. With awful play like this, Smith can't be trusted to put up respectable numbers. Even with new weapons like free agent WR Eric Decker and rookie TE Jace Amaro, Smith is at best a desperation fill-in; and if he falters, don't be surprised if the Jets call upon Vick. Rex Ryan wants to win now and he most likely won't hesitate to move on from Smith if he has another bad season.