This past Saturday, newly acquired quarterback Michael Vick announced that he will be wearing No.1 this upcoming season. Vick, who usually wears No.7, did not ask second year quarterback Geno Smith to hand over his jersey number. However, second year punter Ryan Quigley had to forfeit the No.1 jersey. This is the second jersey number announcement for Vick, as he previously stated that he will be No.8. The change of heart is not clear, but it seems to be official.
It does not seem as if there will be a monetary exchange, unlike the No.87 jersey sale between tight end Jeff Cumberland and former Bronco receiver Eric Decker. In that transaction, it was reported that Decker paid Cumberland $25,000 for the rights to wear No.87 with the Green and White.
The jersey dilemma was not the only subject of the personal media appearance on Saturday. The former Philadelphia Eagle quarterback also addressed the quarterback competition. He stated that Smith will remain the starter at quarterback for Gang Green in the 2014 season. Vick, a veteran of 12 years, will take the backseat again in New York and help mentor his young counterpart.
"Geno's the starting quarterback for that football team," Vick said in an interview this week.
"Ultimately our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be. Myself and [third-stringer Matt Simms] are all trying to put him in a position where he can get better from year one to year two."
Vick played the mentor to Nick Foles the past two seasons in Philly. After having suffered a hamstring injury, and the emergence of Foles, the veteran quarterback was replaced and the Eagles never looked back.
The acquisition of a veteran quarterback, as accomplished as Vick is, raised some concerns on whether the job security for Smith was in question. However after this past weekend, and the admittance of being the second string option at QB, Vick put an end to the competition talks, for now.
Smith's position as starting quarterback may be safe for now, but the Jets had a few surprised visits from unlikely prospects. It was reported that quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo, Logan Thomas, and Tom Savage were among the pre-draft visitors to the Jets training facility in Florham Park. If the Jets choose to take a quarterback with one of their 12 picks in the 2014 Draft, look for the competition talks to reopen.