In a sense, according to Chad Pennington, it doesn't much matter who wins the Jets' quarterback derby this summer. It might be Geno Smith, the incumbent. It might be Michael Vick, the challenger. Vick on Thursday appeared to concede the gig to Smith, but that might only be an indication of how the reps have been doled out so far in the team's offseason program. We'll begin to know more when organized team activities get underway next week, with minicamp slated for June 17-19, and training camp a full month after that. But as far as Pennington is concerned, it's important that the Jets have both Vick and Smith on the roster. Because chances are, no matter which one wins the job, they're both likely going to see the field at some point this season. "In this league you've got to have two competent quarterbacks, with the rate of injuries to quarterbacks," Pennington said in a recent interview with NJ.com. Pennington would know. The former Jets quarterback battled injuries for much of his career, most notoriously when he fractured his wrist in a preseason game in 2003, thus killing the season after the Jets won their most recent division title in its crib. Smith managed to make it through all 16 games as a rookie last year, but Vick's career has often been marked by injuries. In fact, Vick's season last year proves Pennington's thesis: Vick lost his job to Nick Foles after getting hurt, but Foles still managed to guide the Eagles to the playoffs, their first postseason appearance in three years.
Chad Pennington: Having both Michael Vick and Geno Smith a benefit for Jets
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