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Vick declares Smith the Jets' starting quarterback

Michael Vick, speaking with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg before a preseason game, says he’s the No. 2 QB.

Associated Press (2013)

Michael Vick, speaking with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg before a preseason game, says he’s the No. 2 QB.

The Jets won't have a quarterback controversy involving incumbent starter Geno Smith and newcomer Michael Vick.

"Geno's the starting quarterback," Vick said. "Ultimately, our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be. Myself and (third-stringer Matt Simms) are trying to put him in a position where he can get better from Year 1 to Year 2."

Vick spent the past five seasons with the Eagles but in 2013 lost the starting job to Nick Foles. In the weeks before signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the Jets, he said he wanted to start. But asked if he planned to fight for the starting job during training camp, he didn't say yes.

"I'm fighting to get better as a quarterback every day," Vick said. "In the NFL, you want longevity, and the only way to have longevity is to be as consistent and as good as you can be for a long period of time."

Raiders reportedly rule out QB at No. 5

Oakland won't draft a quarterback with the fifth pick, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. It acquired Matt Schaub from Hou­ston and also has Matt McGloin, a rookie in 2013, and veteran Trent Edwards.

Last week, general manager Reggie McKenzie didn't rule out drafting a quarterback.

"Because we traded for Schaub does that mean we're going to bypass a (quarterback) that we've got graded a certain way? No," he said. "I am open to everything."

Bills: Tom Golisano, the former co-owner of the Sabres, has "serious interest" in buying the team, the Buffalo News reported. The estate of Ralph Wilson, who died last month, wants to sell the team to a person or group that would keep it in Buffalo. The newspaper reported Golisano would do so. The team's lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium includes an option to break it in 2020. Meanwhile, a sale could be done by July to a group already looking at sites for a new stadium, the Associated Press reported. It did not identify the group.

Jaguars: Former Bucs and Florida State linebacker Geno Hayes has been cleared to fully participate in practices. He started the first 14 games last season (making 78 tackles) before a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery forced him out.

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