When the New York Jets brought in Michael Vick on a one-year deal to come in and possibly compete with Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job, a lot of people thought that it wouldn't work given Vick's nature to want to compete and want to start.
Yet that has not been the case at all, as Vick has been the perfect teammate and mentor for Smith this summer; acknowledging that he's not looking to take Smith's job and is here to help him and do whatever the team needs. Even his quarterbacks coach, David Lee, gave him extremely high praise this week just before the Jets will take on Vick's previous team, the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason finale.
"I’m just shocked at what a team guy he’s been from the start," he said. "Put him on the field, and he’s a competing machine. His eyes change and he wants to go, he wants to put it in the end zone every time he gets the ball.”
For a 34-year-old former superstar that has been surrounded by controversy over the last 7 years, it has to be great for Jets fans to hear a coach refer to Vick as a team guy, which means that he isn't stirring things up and is getting along with everyone on his new team. There was a report earlier in the summer that said the coaches were disappointed that Vick didn't push harder for the starting job, but Lee didn't refer to that in his describing of Vick with the Jets.
"The guy will compete," Lee said. "If you’re out there watching two-minute [drills] or whatever, you’ll see what a great competitor he really is. He’s been great in the classroom—doesn’t talk a lot, but when he does, I listen, we all listen, because he’s got 10 years of playing in this league, been to the Pro Bowl. Mike Vick has been great," Lee said. "He has been a great addition and has come in here and done exactly what we asked him to do. He’s pushed Geno. He’s been a tremendous competitor."
While Vick will start for the Jets on Thursday night in Philadelphia, it will be Smith who starts in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders and for now, Vick is quite alright with that. But he knows that he can be called upon at anytime to come in and play if needed, especially if Smith gets hurt or struggles.
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