Look for Geno Smith to take the majority of first team reps during training camp, according to the team’s offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg this week.
“Geno will get about—he has gotten—let’s say 70 to 75 percent of the reps with the [first team],” Mornhinweg said Wednesday. “I’ll get him a couple reps with the second group as well.” (Star-Ledger, June 18)
Mornhinweg went on to say it was his “respnsibility” and “duty” to oversee the balance between Geno Smith and Michael Vick.
“I’ve got to continue to progress the young quarterback that’s got 16 games under his belt—that has to happen.” Mornhinweg told reporters. “At the same time, we just have to get Michael Vick playing at the high level that he played at in the past, within this system. So he needs some reps.”
While Mornhinweg also acknowledged that “things can change,” but that the job was Geno’s at the present time.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe team is rightly bullish on Geno based on what they saw at the end of the 2013 season. Many point to the full four games in December, but it was his outing against the Panthers that most impressed me. The Panthers were on a roll and their defense was playing very well. The Jets did lose to a much better team, but Geno looked competent and composed against some serious competition.
This furthers the sense that Geno Smith is in control of his own destiny. Michael Vick will be in New York to lend a hand in the meeting room and on the sideline but the Jets want Geno Smith to be the team’s starter, in a perfect world Geno Smith builds off the progress we saw in 2013 and with more weapons at his disposal the task might be easier for the young quarterback.