John Idzik On WFAN: Jets’ Starting QB Job Will Be Up For Grabs
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NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s only March, but there’s already a quarterback controversy in Jets land.
Geno Smith was New York’s starting quarterback in 2013, but the team signed four-time Pro Bowler Michael Vick to a one-year deal last week.
Smith had an up-and-down rookie campaign, but he finished the season strong. Meanwhile, Vick, who is an all-world talent, is coming off an injury-plagued campaign.
Is it Smith’s job to lose in training camp?
“We don’t pencil anything in right now,” Jets general manager John Idzik told WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Thursday morning. “We let things play out and so many things can happen. I think what Geno did in his rookie year — in particular, how he finished very strongly — bodes very well for him. And I think (head coach) Rex (Ryan) said it well: ‘He’s gonna be a tough guy to beat out.’
“But we feel like the addition of somebody like Mike, he’s had so much experience on the field in different situations. He’s also had so much experience in dealing with off-the-field things, and how they could potentially impact the team or him. So I think that’s going to be very good for Geno, and very good for our team. I just thought that the total package that Mike brought was a positive for us.”
The Jets have been linked to Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson as of late, though rumors of him coming to East Rutherford have cooled as of late.
After adding Eric Decker, bringing in Jackson would give the Jets a dynamic wide-receiver tandem. Even owner Woody Johnson publicly admitted to having interest in the three-time Pro Bowler.
Idzik wouldn’t address whether a trade for Jackson — or a potential signing, if he’s released — is still a possibility, but he was adamant about the fact that he’s always on the lookout for trades that will help his team get better.
“We won’t talk about specific players,” the general manager told Boomer & Carton. “But yes, we will always consider trades. I think the trade talks pick up. And as we saw with us last year, we were able to consummate a trade for Chris Ivory right as the draft came. So, those talks and the what-if scenarios will be pored over in the weeks to come and really leading right into the draft.”
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