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5 Reasons Why Signing Michael Vick Can Pay Off For New York Jets

5 Reasons Why Signing Michael Vick Can Pay Off For New York Jets

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The New York Jets signed free agent quarterback Michael Vick to a mixed reaction last week. While some people praised the move due to the ineffective play of quarterback Geno Smith last season, others credited the signing as a bad move considering the 33-year-old's lack of durability and consistency over recent seasons. However, the Jets are a better team with Vick than without him. Here are five reasons why signing Vick can pay off.

5. Vick Will Bring the Best Out of Geno Smith

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5. Vick Will Bring the Best Out of Geno Smith

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It's safe to say Geno Smith was the worst starting quarterback in the NFL last season. Smith ranked 37th in the NFL in quarterback rating with a 66.5. Despite being drafted last year with the intention that he'd be the franchise quarterback, Smith didn't improve as the season wore on. With the presence of Vick, we'll find out whether Smith really can be the Jets' franchise quarterback.

4. Can Contribute Even As a Backup

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4. Can Contribute Even As a Backup

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Even if Vick doesn't win the starting job, he can contribute in a variety of roles within the offense. If the Jets utilize the 'Wildcat' formation or a variety of sub-packages similar to the 'WIldcat', Vick can find a niche within the Jets' offense. He served in this role for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 when he was a backup quarterback.

3. Can Provide Boost to Offense

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3. Can Provide Boost to Offense

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As criticized as Vick has been during his career for his penchant for turnovers and his injury-plagued career, he can provide short spurts of excellence. Remember in 2010 when he led the Eagles to an NFC East division title and passed for 30 touchdowns in only 12 games played? Remember the first two weeks of 2013 when he scored three touchdowns in each game with zero interceptions? Vick can improve a team in short spurts.

2. His Ability to Run the Football

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2. His Ability to Run the Football

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Though Vick is 33 years old and not as fast or as explosive as he was earlier in his career, he is still one of the biggest threats to run the football at his position. While Vick was still the Eagles' starting QB during the first five games of 2013, he ran for 306 yards -- that equates to nearly 1,000 rushing yards over a full season. Don't be fooled by Vick's advanced age; the veteran quarterback can still outrun most defensive players.

1. Could Lead Jets to the Playoffs

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1. Could Lead Jets to the Playoffs

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As mentioned earlier, Vick is great in short spurts. He is not a quarterback a franchise should build around considering his style of play which leads to injuries and his lack of ability to produce year-to-year. But the Jets have Vick signed for just one year. If Vick can lead the Jets to the playoffs, his signing will be considered a successful one.