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Geno Smith will start at quarterback in Jets' preseason opener

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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced on Monday that Geno Smith will get the start at quarterback in the Jets' first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night, according to the Associated Press

Smith will get the start over veteran Michael Vick, whom the Jets signed over the offseason. Vick has previously said that while he still considers himself a "premier quarterback," he expects to be backing up Smith when the season opens.

Smith has taken about 80 percent of first-team snaps during Jets training camp, reports the AP.

In 2013, Smith started all 16 games for New York as a rookie, throwing for 12 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and 3,046 yards. The Jets went 8-8 last season.

Vick began 2013 as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback before sustaining injury and ultimately losing the job to Nick Foles

More: Optimistic Rex Ryan ready to test Jets' offensive weapons

New York's coaching staff has not yet decided how long Smith and the other starters will play on Thursday night. 

Geno in firm control of Jets offense

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks takes a look at the New York Jets offense with Geno Smith locked in as the starting quarterback.

- Molly Geary

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