Smith has Jets' QB job, but needs to hold on to it

Aug 23, 2014 7:16 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The formal announcement was a surprise to no one.

Not the New York Jets fans. Not the media. And, especially, not Geno Smith.

Rex Ryan finally made it official after the Jets' 35-24 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday night, announcing that Smith will be the starting quarterback in Week 1.

And, now comes perhaps the toughest part for Smith: keeping the job. Especially with a still very effective Michael Vick on the sideline, accepting of his backup role but hungry for any chance he gets.

While Ryan refused to publicly acknowledge Smith would be the starter, it had been evident for months. Smith capped his final preseason appearance - he won't play at Philadelphia next Thursday - by going 9 of 14 for 137 yards with a touchdown.


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