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Michael Vick: Geno Smith has improved

Michael Vick: Geno Smith has improved Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Avenue

New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick says expected first-string quarterback Geno Smith has vastly improved from last season, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.

According to Cimini, Smith has been taking around 80 percent of first-team reps in practice. Vick has said he understands his role on the team.

From ESPN New York:

"(Smith)'s going to be great," Vick said Tuesday after practice. "He's going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I'm looking forward to it."

Last season, Smith threw for 3,046 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 games for the Jets. 

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Smith will start Thursday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, but Vick will play at least a series with the starters.

Last week, Vick said he wants to play football until he's 40.

More: Behind the scenes at 2014 NFL training camp

- Sarah Barshop

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