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Jets QB Vick considers himself a starter

Competition or not, New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick still believes he is a starter.

“It’s hard not to,” Vick told NFL Network. “I think, at times, it does hurt deep down that I’m not in that group (of the 32 starting QBs in the NFL). Everything happens for a reason, and maybe it’s time for me to just kind of sit back and kind of appreciate what I’m going through now to make me a better quarterback in the future.”

Vick signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Jets in free agency, effectively changing places with Mark Sanchez, the former first-round pick and New York starter who missed last season due to injuries and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I still feel like I have a couple years left,” the 33-year-old said. “I still move pretty good, obviously the quarterback position is played from a mental standpoint, so I try to keep that in perspective, so if I keep doing that then I think things will work out for me.”

Vick said last month that he didn’t consider his mentorship of 2013 Jets’ starter Geno Smith a competition, a statement with which coach Rex Ryan brashly disagreed. In Smith, who Vick said keeps him “laughing all the time” Vick maintains he is there to push the second-year quarterback improve.

“(Geno) knows I’m going to push him to the limit, and I want him to push me,” Vick said. “There’s going to be times where he’s gonna have to pick me up, where I’m gonna have to pick him up. I’m always gonna be there for him, always gonna help him out, and I think he’s done a great job.”

Smith said the discussion about labeling the depth chart a competition or not is a simple matter of semantics and all the principals are on the same page.

“I don’t think there was a miscommunication within this locker room-communication is great,” Smith said after he and Vick both took 14 snaps in full-team workouts.

“We’re all on the same page,” Smith said. “I think it’s all a matter of semantics. You put (in) a word here and there, it changes the whole sequence. We understand what’s going on. … I don’t really know what the miscommunication is because from my vantage point, everyone’s on the same page.”