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Michael Vick on role with Jets: ‘I feel like I’m a legitimate starting quarterback’

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Newly acquire New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick said on Tuesday that while he is open to mentoring Geno Smith, he is fully confident that he once again can be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Speaking on SNY’s “Daily News Live,” Vick believes that the Jets if the Jets give him a chance to secure the starting quarterback’s role, he is more than capable of landing it.

“I feel like I’m a legitimate starting quarterback in this league,” Vick said, according to the New York Daily News. “I feel like I can compete with the best of them. I feel like I can win football games. Yes, I’m not saying it out of arrogance, just with some mojo. I’m confident in my abilities and I could lead a football team.”

Geno Smith is the starting quarterback of record for the Jets right now, but Vick plans to make it difficult for the team to stay with the second-year player. Head coach Rex Ryan acknowledged as much, saying there will be an open competition, although he appeared to hitch his wagon to Smith, at least initially.

“It’s going to be really interesting to watch that competition unfold,” Ryan said. “But Geno Smith is going to be hard to beat out.”

When asked at the NFL’s annual meetings this week if Vick could wrangle the starter’s job, Ryan hedged his bets a bit.

“I would say yes,” Ryan conceded.

Vick, meanwhile, doesn’t seem overly concerned that a QB controversy could cause distractions and potentially give rise to locker room strife, nor should it have an adverse effect on Smith.

“I don’t think I should try to prevent that situation from happening because there’s going to be bigger situations in Geno’s career that’s going to have to manifest,” Vick said. “Being in a quarterback competition with a guy that as he said ‘looked up to’ and would enjoy competing with every day, it’s not a pressure situation. The pressure comes when you have to go out there and win football games.”

Ryan said both players will receive a fair shake at the starter’s job.

“Everyone has the same chance,” Ryan said. “There will be competition to where we’ll find the best guy … who we think is the best guy moving forward. Will (there) be legitimate opportunities? (There) absolutely will.”

In the end, the Jets are going to give the job to the quarterback who gives the team the best chance to win on that given Sunday in that no matter which signal-caller is rewarded with the starter’s job at the onset of the season should not got too comfortable about not having to hold on to a clipboard at some point during the season.

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