Jets' Michael Vick: 'I don't look at it as me getting benched'

Thursday December 4th, 2014

New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick said he does not think the team has "benched" him, but is instead evaluating its options at the position, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

After starting three games for the Jets, Vick was replaced by Geno Smith this past Monday in a loss to the Dolphins. In his three starts, he completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 404 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing for 61 yards. The Jets went 1-2 with Vick as their starting quarterback.

"I don't look at it as me getting benched, first and foremost, to correct you," the Jets' backup quarterback said Wednesday. "But if you want to look at it that way, you can." 

"I just look at it as an opportunity for this organization to figure out the things that they need to figure out and see what they need to see," he said. "Does that answer your question?"

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Smith, the team's second-round pick in 2013, started the first nine games of the season and the Jets went 1-8. He has completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,524 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season.

The Jets have struggled on offense throughout the season and are No. 29 in yards and No. 30 in points. While the rushing game has been effective and ranks No. 2 in yards, the passing game is No. 32 in both yards and touchdowns.

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The Jets signed Vick this past offseason after he lost the starting job with the Philadelphia Eagles to Nick Foles

New York is 2-10 and in last place in the AFC East. The Jets play at the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Jack Jorgensen

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