The last time he played a game here, Geno Smith was removed in the second half.

That same scenario figures to play out again tonight when the Jets visit the Bengals, either before or after halftime. However, whenever Smith is relieved by Michael Vick, it will be because this is the preseason, and the Jets need to get work for both of them.

Such was not the case last October when the game counted, and the Jets lost, 49-9. Smith was lifted for Matt Simms after a dreadful performance that included two Smith interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.

"I'm not thinking about last year," Smith said this week when asked about that debacle, the Jets' worst margin of defeat in 2013. "But every game counts. Understanding that we didn't play well, we didn't fare well against those guys in their home stadium. Obviously, you want to have a better showing. That's just natural.

"I'm not thinking about anything that happened last year," he added. "Instead [I'm] focusing on every single play and every single rep, and continuing to get better and progress."

Smith, the second-year pro from West Virginia whom the Jets are grooming to be their starting quarterback, was pedestrian in the team's preseason opener against Indianapolis last week. He went 4-for-6 for 33 yards and ran once for 10 yards in the two possessions he played.

Coach Rex Ryan implied Wednesday that Smith and the rest of the starters might play the entire first half tonight. It wouldn't be surprising. The still-learning signal caller needs all the snaps he can get, which is one reason why the Jets have given him the bulk of the first-team reps over Vick since spring practice.