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Michael Vick named Jets' starting quarterback for Week 9
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Michael Vick named Jets' starting quarterback for Week 9

New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick said being named the team's starter "is almost like a dream come true," Dennis Waszak Jr. of The Associated Press reports.

Head coach Rex Ryan said earlier this week that Vick will start Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs in place of Geno Smith. Vick replaced Smith during last week's loss to the Bills after Smith threw interceptions on three consecutive offensive series. Vick completed 18 of 36 passes for 153 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, while also losing two fumbles.

Vick, whose last start came for the Philadelphia Eagles in October 2013, said he is not taking the opportunity to start for granted.

"When you have a chance to go out and show and prove, I think you've got to take advantage of the opportunity," Vick said after practice Wednesday. "They don't come around too often as I've seen for the last year and a half not being the starter.

"So just having this chance to become a starter again is almost like a dream come true."

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On the season, Vick has completed 46.4 percent of his passes for 200 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Smith, who has started all 24 games since being a second-round pick in 2013, has completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 1,370 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Ryan said Smith also has a shoulder injury, but it is not serious.

New York's offense is No. 28 in both points scored and total yards. The passing game ranks No. 32 in yards and No. 31 in touchdowns.

The Jets have lost seven straight games and are in last place in the AFC East. They play at the Chiefs on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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