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On Friday, he'll meet with team officials in Florham Park, a source confirmed. They want to sign the free-agent quarterback to mentor and compete with Geno Smith. It would be a good fit for many reasons, which I presented in a column three weeks ago on why Vick-to-the-Jets makes sense.
Willie Colon apparently has the same view. The veteran right guard, speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday after signing his new contract, gave a thumb's up to Vick.
"Vick speaks for itself. His resume in itself is amazing," Colon said. "He is an outstanding athlete and what he can bring to the table in coach [Marty] Mornhinweg's offense [is impressive]. Obviously, they have that rapport, they have that relationship that was established in Philadelphia. It's all arrows up when it comes to that situation. Competition helps everybody. Bottom line, anytime you have two guys competing for the same spot, all it does is heighten the team's effort. It will play out how it is going to play out."
The Jets have refused to name Smith the starter, a strategic choice. One of the reasons why they haven't committed to Smith is because they wanted to make the position more attractive to free agents. Obviously, the preference is to stick with Smith, John Idzik's hand-picked quarterback, but if he struggles or gets hurt they'd have a capable replacement in Vick.
Colon praised Smith for the way he finished the season, saying he looked like a different quarterback from early in the season, but he didn't sugar-coat his answer when asked about increased expectations for Smith in year two.
"Not only do I expect it, I think he has to be [better]," Colon said. "I think for us to be successful, [we can't have] the turnover struggles that we had. We have to be more efficient on first and second down. We have to be a more efficient offense all together, and that starts with the quarterback. I think he knows that. We understand that as a unit. I think he is going to do everything the entire offseason to get it going and to be a better quarterback."
The New York Jets' interest in Michael Vick, reported here eight days ago, has turned into a visit. On Friday, he'll meet with team officials in Florham Park, a source confirmed.