Michael Vick to compete for Jets starting job

Vick, Smith in QB battle: Any idea that Michael Vick was signed by the New York Jets strictly to be a backup is off the mark. Coach Rex Ryan says the veteran will compete to be the team’s starter, but added that incumbent Geno Smith “is going to be hard to beat out.” That statement might not seem so ridiculous when you look back at Smith’s final few weeks of 2013. Over his final four games, the rookie averaged better than 20 points per game which was seventh-best among fantasy quarterbacks. If Smith can build on that late-season success, and with the addition of free agent Eric Decker, it might not be a sure thing that Vick takes over the starting gig. It might also be enough to make Smith a legitimate No. 2 fantasy option.

MJD finding suitors: Maurice Jones-Drew is on the free agent market and there are plenty of teams interested in the veteran’s services. The Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers are all reportedly courting the veteran running back. While Le’Veon Bell appears to have the top spot locked down in Pittsburgh, the other three teams could present plenty of opportunity for Jones-Drew to be productive. MJD’s days as a bell-cow running back are probably finished, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t return plenty of value to fantasy owners as a flex option working in a backfield platoon.

Eagles looking at Sanchez: The Jets and Eagles could end up swapping quarterbacks. With Michael Vick now in Gotham, Philadelphia is taking a long look at recently released Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Unlike Vick, it would be hard to imagine Sanchez pushing Nick Foles for the team’s starting job after the second-year signal-caller had such a successful 2013 season. But with few QBs able to make it through the rigors of a 16-game NFL season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see more than one person take snaps at the position during the season.

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