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Despite statements to the contrary by his head coach, Michael Vick says he's not in a quarterback competition, at least not in the traditional sense, according to Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today.
Coach Rex Ryan said in March, the month when Vick signed with the Jets, that there would be an open competition between the quarterbacks while opining Smith was "going to be hard to beat out."
Smith took the first-team repetitions during position and team drills during Tuesday's practice while Vick lined up with the backups. ...
We're not competing with one another," Vick said. "We're competing with ourselves. I've got to be a better Michael Vick today than I was yesterday.
"So it's a constant battle with yourself. When you start trying to compete with other guys, it all goes haywire. You can't do that."
Vick might be losing the battle to himself if minicamp practices are any indication.
According to Dan Consentino of NJ.com, Vick and Smith have been "fairly even" thus far. Others haven't painted such a pretty picture for Vick, though. Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post tweeted that the veteran quarterback has looked awful at minicamp thus far.
Smith certainly has the advantage of knowing the offense, even if he had a wildly inconsistent rookie year. He hasn't been terribly impressive either, however, and Vick might close the gap quickly once he fully acclimates to his new team.
Neither really seems like a viable fantasy option at this point. Vick is certainly the more enticing of the two from a fantasy standpoint, given what we have seen from him in the past. But it seems more likely that Smith wins the job.
Even with an improved arsenal, there are many quarterbacks who are better options to take in fantasy leagues.