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Geno Smith, left, and former Eagles signal-caller Michael Vick give the Jets options at the quarterback position.

Associated Press file,

Jets hoping Vick pushes Smith to be better QB

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • April 30, 2014 - 1:10 AM

Geno Smith, a second-year quarterback, is still No. 1 at that spot for the New York Jets.

But it could be a hotly contested competition between him and Michael Vick this summer.

“We brought Mike in to compete, to push Geno and to make Geno the very best he can make him, and I wanted to make sure Mike was ready for that,” Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.

“I think this thing is going to work beautifully. We’ll see.”

Smith started all 16 games for the Jets after incumbent Mark Sanchez was lost for the year after injuring his shoulder in preseason.

Smith led four comeback victories in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first nine games, but then struggled mightily with six interceptions and no touchdowns in three consecutive losses.

He bounced back with a solid final four games, with only two turnovers while leading the Jets to three victories and an 8-8 finish.

“Geno will get a few more reps, but not many [more],” Mornhinweg said. “I’m going to try to do this thing right, and it’ll vary day to day.”

Rowdy 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are setting a standard nobody wants to match with allegations involving bomb threats, brass knuckles, automatic assault rifles, public intoxication and drunken driving.

In all, there have been nine arrests involving 49ers players since 2012. That’s the most in the NFL during that span, according to a review of NFL crime databases compiled by profootballtalk.com and utsandiego.com.

The legal troubles tarnish an organization with three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances and a new $1.3 billion stadium set to open this fall.

“They have to think about what Bill Walsh used to tell us: ‘Be accountable off the field as well as on the field,’ ” said former running back Roger Craig. “I see their young guys making the same mistakes over and over. Somebody needs to get in their ear and talk to them.”

Star linebacker Aldon Smith accounts for four of the 49ers’ arrests, including April 13, when the All-Pro pass rusher allegedly became belligerent at Los Angeles International Airport and told a Transportation Security Administration officer that he was in possession of a bomb.

Etc.

• The Seahawks announced a four-year extension for All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. The deal is worth $40 million over four years and will keep him with Seattle through the 2018 season. The extension includes $27.7 million in guaranteed money. He is a two-time first-team All-Pro.

• Unless one of the six teams picking ahead of them takes him, Tampa Bay will give strong consideration to selecting Johnny Manziel in next week’s draft. Coach Lovie Smith has raved about the workout he attended at Texas A&M and the off-field behavior of the enigmatic quarterback apparently is not a concern. “He had a very impressive interview,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said of Manziel on Tuesday. “We had a great day with him. Lovie and him have Texas roots. We enjoyed every minute that he was here. Sharp guy.”

• Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is participating in the team’s voluntary minicamp in Berea, Ohio, as he recovers from offseason right knee surgery. Wearing a brace, Hoyer moved well during the 30 minutes of practice open to media members on Tuesday.

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