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Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t be ready to compete until training camp

of the Indianapolis Colts during the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Andy Lyons

Yes, the Jets are going to have a quarterback competition.

But Geno Smith’s going to have a little bit of a head start.

While Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan said that Ryan Fitzpatrick would have a shot at the starting job, he’s not going to be ready to participate until training camp because of last year’s broken leg.

“We’re projecting [Fitzpatrick] to be back ready to go for training camp,” Maccagnan said, via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “He’ll be involved in some of the offseason stuff, OTAs. But again, [we are] taking it into consideration, too, the rehabilitation for his injuries. He may be limited to a certain degree in the OTAs, so I think Geno and Matt [Simms] will definitely get more reps, probably. Ryan will be involved also through the offseason program, but again, somewhat limited because of the rehabilitation from the injury.”

Fitzpatrick broke his leg in mid-December, so it makes sense that he’s not going to be 100 percent by the start of OTAs.

Maccagnan said “As it stands right now? Absolutely,” when asked if he was content going into camp with Fitzpatrick and Smith as his primary quarterbacks.
So Smith has a few months to get himself comfortable, which may not even negate the edge Fitzpatrick has from working with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.