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Geno Smith No. 1 On Jets’ Depth Chart; Will Start Thursday

Geno Smith leaves the field at Jets training camp. (Photo by Chris Lopresti/WFAN)

Geno Smith leaves the field at Jets training camp. (Photo by Chris Lopresti/WFAN)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets released their first depth chart of training camp on Monday with Geno Smith taking the No. 1 spot at quarterback.

No surprise there. Despite the endless talk of competition, it seems this is his job to lose.

Michael Vick was listed as the backup, and third-stringer Matt Simms got the edge over rookie Tajh Boyd.

Head coach Rex Ryan later announced that Smith would start Thursday’s preseason opener against Indianapolis.

The Jets signed Vick this offseason to mentor — and challenge — Smith, who was coming off an up-and-down first season. Neither quarterback was able to punch it into the end zone in this weekend’s annual Green and White scrimmage.

“Overall, I was really pleased,” Ryan said on Saturday. “If we’re looking at it from the numbers, saying, ‘Well, hey, we never threw ‘X’ amount of touchdowns’ — all right, no touchdowns — it was much more competitive than that. I tip my hat.”

The Jets listed three players — Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell — as first-team running backs, though it took some time to get the unconventional slash-share represented online.

On the defensive side, first-round pick Calvin Pryor was listed as backup to safety Antonio Allen, and Damon Harrison got the nod at nose tackle over Kenrick Ellis.

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