With newly signed offensive weapons, Eric Decker and Chris Johnson, were brought in to provide a much needed spark to lift the Jets' offense off the ground. Other veterans such as Jacoby Ford and Dimitri Patterson were also brought in to bring experience to this young New York team.
One offseason addition that has drawn a great deal of attention was the signing of former Philadelphia Eagle quarterback, Michael Vick. The former Atlanta Falcon first round draft choice was inked to a one-year deal, worth upwards of $5million. The price tag is a bit steep for a backup quarterback, so let the quarterback competition battle begin.
Despite the shaky beginning to his rookie campaign, Geno Smith finished 2013 strong with consecutive wins. Smith, after Tuesday's first offseason workout, told the media that he is not worried about the competition between him and Vick.
"I think with our G.M. John Idzik, and with Coach Ryan and the staff we are doing everything possible to make our team better," admitted Smith of the front office bringing in Vick. "We all believe that competition at every position is what's going to make every single player better and collectively make us all better as a team. I think that is what we have done."
Competition is no stranger to the Green and White as quarterback competitions have been held over the last few seasons. Last year's second round draft choice continued to tell the media that he would compete with and learn from Vick, who played under Marty Morhinweg's offensive system when they were both in Philadelphia.
"He is a veteran with tons of experience, (including) playoff experience, he's played in many big games and he has also played in this system and thrived," noted Smith. "We will see exactly what that is (that I learn from him). But I look forward to learning from him whatever it is I can to get better and help our offense get better."
Even though he had more turnovers than passing and rushing touchdowns combined, 25 to 18, Smith's confidence never wavered. Some of his mistakes were due to inexperience, but with the addition of the NFL's all-time leading rushing quarterback, Smith hopes to absorb some of the veteran's knowledge.
"He still runs fast, he still throws it accurately and with great velocity," offered Smith. "He is a very smart quarterback in my opinion and as long as we continue to get better, it's going to make our team better."
Last year's starting quarterback beat out former teammate, Mark Sanchez, by default, following the veteran's season ending shoulder injury. This year, Smith has a full season under his belt and is ready for the challenge of retaining the title of starting quarterback.
" I just believe that with the experience that I have gained and with the direction that we were heading in as an offense and where I see myself as a second-year player, I just believe that I am more than capable of being the starter," declared Smith.