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Jets Name Geno Smith Starter for Monday's Game Against Dolphins

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing his starting spot to Michael Vick Week 9, Geno Smith has gotten his old job back.

The New York Jets announced Wednesday that Smith will be the starting quarterback during their game Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.

"As an organization, all of our decisions are organizational driven," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call Wednesday. "We just want to get Geno another opportunity to show what he can do. Obviously we like the way he finished last season. We've had some bumps in the road this year. We sat him down for a few weeks and we'll see how he responds."

Smith relieved Vick during the Jets' 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills Monday. Vick had completed 7 of 19 passes with an interception before giving way to Smith. Smith played solid completing 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards.

The 24-year-old Smith, who the Jets selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, has played in 25 games during his career with Gang Green. During that time he has completed 56.4 percent of his passes throwing for 4,505 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Smith has also ran for 509 yards and seven touchdowns.

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One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

om Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mich.) -- Even though snow stranded members of the team and forced them to play their home game at Detroit's Ford Field a day later, the Buffalo Bills throttled the New York Giants, 38-3 on Monday night.

Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes in the win, despite Buffalo (6-5) having a shortened practice week.

"We probably had the easy part of it, and back home they had the tough part," Orton said. "[We're] excited to get here and get a big win for us, and hopefully this will propel us forward."

With many of their fans still snowed in across Western New York, the Bills put together an impressive showcase in all three phases. Five different players scored touchdowns on offense, including a pair of passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler. When Chandler pulled in his catch, the tight end mimicked a shoveling motion for those back in Buffalo.

"It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo," Chandler said. "You want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, we're behind you."

The Bills also dominated on defense, holding the Jets (2-9) to just 218 total yards and only 3-of-15 on third down conversions. Manny Lawson had possibly the biggest play of the game, recovering a blocked punt in the end zone to give Buffalo a 24-3 advantage in the third quarter.

Orton finished the game with two touchdown passes and 230 yards while Michael Vick through for just 76 yards and an interception, ultimately leaving the game with an injury.

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Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a three-and-out and three interceptions to open the game the Geno Smith era in New York may soon be over.

As the clock ticked under five minutes to go in the first quarter the Jets handed the reigns to Mike Vick.  That would still not be enough as New York lost to the Bills 43-23 and committed six turnovers on the day.

"I made the move to go to Mike and I think we responded," Rex Ryan said. "There was a lot of good things we did with Mike in there."

With Vick under center New York pulled close as Nick Folk hit a 55-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 24-17.

Turnovers continued to haunt the Jets throughout the day. Vick committed three turnovers of his own that killed any momentum New York had built.

"We have to take care of the football better," Ryan stated.

Buffalo stormed away in the second half though as Kyle Orton tossed a pair of touchdowns to Scott Chandler and rookie wideout Sammy Watkins.  Orton finished the day completing 10 of 17 passes with four touchdowns - the first time in his career he had done so.

When asked who would start next week for the Jets when they travel to Kansas City, Ryan deferred only saying, "we'll look at that later."

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Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets are hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive loss on Thursday night when they take on the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are looking for their sixth consecutive regular season home victory over the Jets.

There has been much criticism over head coach Rex Ryan going with second year starter Geno Smith instead of veteran Michael Vick, but Ryan has faith he'll turn it around.

"I think Geno is the best way to go right now," Ryan said. "That's why I'm comfortable saying he will be our starter."

Ryan said this week that the team doesn't need any extra motivation and believes in his team.

"It's going to be there. Both teams don't like each other," Ryan said.  "There's respect for each other, but I don't think you really like each other. We know we have to be at our very best."

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Vick Supports Goodell

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Many people are questioning whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should keep his job after the way he's handled the array of recent domestic violence charges against NFL players, but New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick isn't one of them.

"You have to give the man a chance," Vick said of Goodell. "You have to give him a chance, you have to give everybody a chance to get it right."

Vick went on to say that Goodell is doing a great job and that progress is being made.

"You see the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions, based on what has happened in weeks prior," he said. "You have to give people a chance. You have to give people a chance, man. You're not always going to get it right the first time."

In 2007, Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely after the quarterback pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges.

Vick was eventually reinstated by Goodell after missing two seasons.

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Jets Name Geno Smith the Starting Quarterback

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Despite the signing of Michael Vick in the offseason, the New York Jets have named Geno Smith the team's starting quarterback.

"I think he's taken off from where he left off [last season]," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "I expect great things in the future."

Smith was the team's starting quarterback last year, and played well at times as he navigated through his rookie season. Even though Vick has been a Pro Bowl quarterback, he will start the season on the sidelines.

"I think it's great for Geno," Vick said. "I knew the entire time that Geno was going to be the starter, but Geno went out and proved that he's capable of running this team and putting this team in a position to win."

In five quarters of play in the preseason, Smith threw only one interception. He also completed 70 percent of his passes with one touchdown.

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Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) -- New York Jets veteran quarterback Michael Vick believes second-year quarterback Geno Smith will be "10 times" better than he was last year.

The Jets signed Vick to be the backup to the young Smith in the offseason and he's taken it in stride.

"He's going to be great," Vick said Tuesday after practice. "He's going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I'm looking forward to it."

"You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon," Vick continued.

Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I want to see some production," head coach Rex Ryan said of Smith. "I think we'll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let's have the production, too.".

Ryan, who is relying on the success of the team for another contract, believes that having Vick as a backup is a good thing for Smith.

"When you have a Mike Vick come in here, you'd better be at the top of your game," Ryan said.

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Jets Draft QB Tajh Boyd

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets selected former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd with the 213th overall pick on Saturday.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan's son, Seth, is a freshman wide receiver on Clemson and gave the Jets and his father the inside scoop on Boyd.

"We probably had more insight into his character with my son being there," Ryan said. "My son talked about his leadership. He said he was the leader of that program as far as a player is concerned. He said that if Tajh called a meeting at 2 a.m., the entire football team would've been there. That speaks about the type of person he is. We're excited to bring Tajh here and let him compete."

The Jets now have veteran quarterback Michael Vick, second-year quarterback Geno Smith, Matt Simms and Boyd, who will all be in camp this summer.

"He said, 'How'd you like to be a Jet?' " Boyd said when asked what Ryan said to him on the phone. "It was probably the most refreshing call and the most exciting call I've received in my life."

Boyd was the 13th quarterback selected off the board. He is expected to compete with Simms for the No. 3 spot.

"Half those guys I beat in games," Boyd said of the quarterbacks selected before him. "It was a little frustrating, but once you get the call it all goes away."

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LeSean McCoy Thinks Michael Vick Is "Way Better" than Geno Smith

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though no decision has been made as to whom will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets next season, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says Michael Vick should be the clear favorite over Geno Smith.

Vick will be reunited with former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg who is currently serving under the same title with the Jets. He'll also be entering his 12th NFL season.

The team signed Vick as insurance in case second-year quarterback Geno Smith does not develop as well as the team hopes.

"Vick is going to be the starting quarterback," McCoy told the New York Post. "He's way better than Geno Smith. Way better. There's no contest."

Even if Vick is named the starter for Week 1, health has always been an issue for the 33-year-old. He's appeared in 16 games just once during his career and that was all the way back in 2006. He played in just seven games for the Eagles this past season, and had 11 turnovers.

In his rookie season, Smith threw for 3,046 yards with 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

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Jets' WR Eric Decker Looking Forward to 2014 Season

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is enjoying the big city. The Jets signed Decker this offseason and are hoping his experience playing with quarterback Peyton Manning rubs off on a lot of the younger players on the roster.

Decker acquainted himself with MetLife Stadium after playing in February in the Broncos Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks, but is looking forward to this season.

"I love it [New York]," Decker told ABC Sports Radio on Thursday.  "I'm excited for the opportunity; it has so much to offer.  I really believe the Jets organization is going to be a great one to be a part of."

The Jets brought in veteran quarterback Michael Vick that will compete with second-year quarterback Geno Smith for the starting role and Decker is looking forward to seeing Smith grow in the league.

"I think Geno is going to be a great quarterback in this league," Decker said.  "Watching film on him last year, being a rookie is tough in the NFL, no question about it.  I know last year they had a lot of injuries and that's tough on a growth of any player, especially when you're a rookie."

"Being around Peyton Manning, I feel like I learned so much as a professional and hope to take what I learned from him and bring over to the Jets and help Geno," Decker continued.

The Jets will open up the regular season against the Oakland Raiders and will play the NFC North and AFC West this season to go along with the AFC East.

"It is funny that I come to a new team and I'm playing the old division that I was a part of," Decker said of the schedule.  "I know those teams very well, I'm excited to match up with them again."

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