The New York Jets, after naming Geno Smith their starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, have named their starting QB for the final game of the preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles. Getting the nod in the fourth game of the preseason will be Michael Vick. It is certainly a head-scratching move by the Jets and Rex Ryan to use the 34-year-old QB in a totally pointless game against his former team.
On Thursday, Vick will be leading the second-string players against the Eagles’ backups. Hopefully for Vick, the Jets’ offensive line doesn’t get him creamed. It’s surprising that Ryan is playing Vick at all even though he said “Don’t expect him to play long.” With Matt Simms on the roster, why play Vick at all?
Ryan seems to have a short memory on what can happen when a QB is left to play with backups and go against players trying to make a name for themselves to make a roster. Last season against the New York Giants, Ryan decided to play Mark Sanchez, who very well may have been the Jets’ starting QB. The QB battle between Smith and Sanchez ended after that game because Sanchez was flattened by the Giants’ Marvin Austin.
Vick has been very good with being the Jets’ backup QB, as he is saying and doing all the right things since he has arrived, but this isn’t fair to him. With nothing to be gained and so much to lose, it makes no sense for the Jets to risk playing the injury-prone Vick against the Eagles.