Michael Vick is talking like a backup.

The new Jets signal caller said Thursday the Jets do not have an “open competition” at quarterback. The team had previously indicated that Vick and Geno Smith would compete for the starting job, though offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has said he doesn’t want anything to impede Smith’s progress.

A year ago Vick competed against Nick Foles for the starting job in Philadelphia, but said this feels different.

“Going through the competition with Nick, we knew both of us coming in that it was open competition and the best guy was going to win the job,” Vick said. “Pretty much cut and dry. This situation is different. It’s kind of unique. Even though it’s not an open competition, we’re both competing every day.”

Should the two of them play equally well, Vick surmised that Smith would remain the starter.

“Yeah I would assume that Geno would be the starter (in that case),” he said.