Geno Smith and Michael Vick got plenty of reps on Thursday, but the Jets have still left the biggest question –– the QB situation –– unanswered after a 13-10 win over the Colts in the first preseason game for both teams.
As expected, Smith started the game and played two series in the first quarter. Vick provided the highlights, though, flashing his vintage speed in the running game.
Vick entered in the second quarter and promptly led the Jets on an 80-yard, 14-play touchdown drive that was finished by a 1-yard touchdown run from Chris Johnson. Vick completed 3 of 6 passes for 17 yards and added three rushes for 19 yards, but his success ended when his second series resulted with a three-and-out.
The 34-year old backup QB looked solid, but his success came with and against backups. While Smith may have gotten the start, the second-year QB didn’t do much to help end the QB discussion. Smith completed 4 of 6 passes for 33 yards while leading the Jets to a field goal on the team’s second drive.
Smith’s two drives resulted in just three points, but Smith said after the game that he’s fine with that at this point.
“I think we did well,” Smith said according to NewYorkJets.com. “Obviously, we have things we can improve upon and get better at. I think we did well, we were able to get three points. We want to score touchdowns but three points is fine.”
Those three points didn’t win Smith the starting job, but they didn’t lose it for him either. Vick’s second drive was stopped with a sack and a batted pass and didn’t do much to separate the veteran from Smith.
As of now, Smith should remain the starter. In practice, Smith has been taking 80 percent of the first-team snaps and that doesn’t appear to be changing. If that changes in the second week of the preseason, though, Smith’s job could be in danger. If the Jets are truly committed to Smith as the starter, he should be getting as many snaps as possible with the first team.
The biggest problem for Smith, however, is that he hasn’t done anything outside of practice to separate himself from Vick who was at one time a superstar in the NFL. Vick clearly isn’t the same type of player he was with the Atlanta Falcons, but has shown explosiveness at times in camp and may be a better short-term option for the Jets.
If the Jets are committed to the long-term, Smith is clearly the better option. Thursday didn’t provide any answers, but the number of snaps each takes with the first team in the next practice will surely answer a lot of questions.