Bill Kostroun/Associated Press
Depth Chart: Geno Smith, Michael Vick, Matt Simms, Tajh Boyd
With the draft in the rearview mirror, the bulk of the attention will be placed squarely on the quarterback position, where there will be competition across the depth chart.
The main event features the classic "up-and-comer vs. veteran" matchup between Geno Smith and Michael Vick. However, what makes this competition so unique is that Smith already has a year of starting experience with the Jets under his belt. While he was far from consistent, he finished the season strong with two straight wins.
Meanwhile, injury concerns aside, there is no question that Vick is the superior player right now. The Jets will have to figure out how to balance the pros and cons of starting a player to win now versus getting their youngster invaluable experience.
This competition was difficult to predict when Vick was signed, but recent comments suggest that the battle may be over before it started:
These are certainly bizarre comments—so bizarre that it is difficult to take them at face value. Vick may be drumming up some of his own bulletin-board material as much as he is toeing the company line.
If the battle is close, expect the Jets to give the edge to Smith. However, if Vick wildly outplays Smith in the preseason, it will be impossible for Rex Ryan to keep him on the bench.
There will also be a sideshow competition for the third-string spot between the incumbent Matt Simms and sixth-round rookie Tajh Boyd. Simms showed enough promise last preseason to deem Greg McElroy expendable, but Boyd is the favorite to win the job because of his upside.
Plus, the fact that Ryan is a known Boyd fan (his son, Seth, was his teammate at Clemson last year) gives Boyd an edge in personnel meetings where these decisions are made.