Smith is 11-18 in his two seasons as a starter for the Jets, including losing 10 of his 13 starts last season. He completed 59% of his passes for 2,525 yards with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2014.
The Jets only averaged 17.7 points last season, had the league’s worst passing offense and were -11 in turnover differential.
"Fitzpatrick is injured and we don't have a draft yet, but we're looking at a competition there based on the way he finished the last game and some of the things he did, he did a great job doing that but without seeing him and sitting down and talking to him it's kind of hard to say right now. He has made some strides," Bowles told NFL Network.
Smith did end last season on a good note, compiling a perfect quarterback rating while completing 20 of 25 passes for 358 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 37-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the season finale.
The Jets have the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but Bowles didn’t say if the team would select a quarterback.
"We're going to take the best player," he said. "I think [general manager] Mike [Maccagnan] said it earlier that we're going to take the best player available. We're not going to deviate from our board and if that happens to be a quarterback, then we'll take a quarterback."
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