Geno Smith: It's 'awesome' working with Vick

New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith finds himself in a compelling situation as his childhood idol Michael Vick will serve as a mentor and competitor once training camp gets underway in July.

If anyone was wondering what Geno Smith is thinking toward the start of 2014 training camp, you would think getting ready for his second season under center and improving on his 8-8 record is at the forefront of his mind.

But if you think about it, perhaps he's pumped because he is going to be dueling it out with former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick for the starting job on the Jets. Maybe that's why Smith wears No. 7 on his jersey as Smith must admire Vick for being a top QB in the past.

"It's awesome (Working with Vick), noted Smith. "He knows a lot about this game. He's played in a number of games and all I can do is try and learn from him. It's just great to be out there and to complete with guys like Mike."

What has it been for Geno to learn from Vick?

"Just picking his brain like I said, he's a vet," noted Smith. "He's played in a number of games and has also been in this system and has thrived in it. So I want to learn everything from him. Anything I can possibly steal from him to help myself get better is what I'll do."

The most important thing for a young quarterback like Smith is trying to improve his play and of course to mesh with the new kids from this year's draft. So what has he done and how much does he think the offense has improved this offseason?

"Well you know we have new players, but we're still growing, we're still improving," stated the Jets' second year gunslinger. "Every single guy has to improve. Everyone has to continue to gel and just get this offense rolling. That's something that we've started doing. We're trying to carry that momentum that we had last season over to this year, and it's already starting in the weight room and in the classroom. We just have to continue to work hard and continue to get better and take it day-by-day."

So far it looks like John Idzik's plans are working at the right time with getting players from free agency and through the draft, but we won't know anything until this team and the players put on the pads and strap their helmets on to perform on the field.

For Smith it's all about learning from two coaches to improve his game. The one on the sidelines is Marty Mornhinweg and the other from the veteran who's done it all before in Vick.

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