In two of the quickest moves on Friday, the New York Jets released former franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez, and then turned around minutes later and announced the signing of veteran free-agent, Michael Vick. Immediately, it’s expected that Vick will be the starter in New York for Rex Ryan, meaning that his prized piece from last year’s NFL Draft, Geno Smith, may have to take a seat on the bench for a while.
But in talking with the Associated Press about the move, the young Smith didn’t seem upset at all, rather he’s glad that the team went out and got someone the caliber of Vick.
“Awesome, man. Vick’s my guy,” Smith said. “We needed to find a guy that was legitimately a guy that could come in and play. I think that’s what we did. Mission accomplished.”
Of course, this could just be an act he’s putting on for the media, but maybe he does actually realize that he can take a step back and learn from someone who has been around the league as long as Vick has. With the struggles that Smith fought through last season, he needs the tutoring.