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NEW YORK -- Michael Vick has watched Geno Smith every day for nearly two weeks. Cheap NFL Jerseys Sale . Every snap and every throw. Sure, Vick would like to be the New York Jets starting quarterback. But, from what he has seen, theyre already in pretty good hands with Smith. "Hes going to be great," Vick declared. "Hes going to be 10 times better than where he was last year and Im looking forward to it." Thats quite an endorsement from a guy who still believes he can be a star in the NFL. As it stands, Vick is a big-name, veteran backup who can step in if needed and push Smith to be better in his second season. Some fans and media wonder when -- not if -- Vick will replace Smith under centre. The doubters arent sold on Smith being able to improve that dramatically from a rookie year in which he threw 21 interceptions and just 12 touchdowns. Smith gets a chance to show everyone where he stands Thursday when the Jets -- with newcomers Eric Decker and Chris Johnson -- play their preseason opener at home against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. "Execution. Its always about execution," Smith said. "Its always about us doing the right things on the field. We want to execute to the best of our ability. Go out there and be sharp mentally, be sharp physically, be accurate, be sharp with the reads, and get good plays in." Sounds simple, huh? Smith found out last year that the leap from college to the pros isnt always without some stumbles. He has used the off-season and training camp to try to make the game slow down a bit. "I felt it coming at the end of last season," he said. "Its still a work in progress. Im still getting better. Im still fine-tuning a lot of things. Still need to focus on the mental aspect of it and all the small things that will make me better." As far as Rex Ryan is concerned, having Vick around can only help Smith -- which, in turn, will help the Jets determine if theyve got their quarterback of the future. "I think that if you have Mike Vick come in here, you better be on top of your game, and obviously Geno is," Ryan said. "Whether he needed Mike Vick to be here or not, Im not sure. But probably not because I know Geno wants it in the worst way to be a great quarterback and the preparation that he did in the off-season, the things he did. "But certainly, with Mike Vick in there, that does push him." Ryan expects the starters to play into the second quarter Thursday night, with Smith opening the game and Vick perhaps getting the final series before backups come in. Chuck Pagano was unsure how much Luck and the Colts starters will play. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne, still recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee, will not suit up but is expected to be ready for the season opener at Denver. "Youd love to see in a perfect world, them go out there and have a six-, seven-, eight-play drive, score a touchdown, kick a PAT, and make a decision there, get them out of the game and whatnot," Pagano said. That wont be in the game plan for Ryans defence, which expects to be among the leagues best this season. "As luck would have it," a grinning Ryan said, with a pause punctuating his attempt at humour, "we play a heck of a quarterback. ... I think its going to be a good test for our defence and a good test for them, too." Whether its one series or a handful, Luck has a few goals of his own set for the preseason opener. "Take care of the football, convert third downs and score touchdowns," he said. "Positive, positive plays." Thats exactly what Ryan and Smith expect. "Im excited about it just like, shoot, no different than our fans," Ryan said. "Lets see where this team is at. Lets see how Decker fits in, lets see how this defence looks. So, Im excited to watch us play against somebody else." Cheap NFL Jerseys .Y. - Hobey Baker Award finalist Kevin Hayes agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Cheap NHL Jerseys . As Duncan finally starting walking to the bench, with mocking cheers raining down from the stands, Spurs point guard Tony Parker decided it was time for him to take over. Parker capped a 27-point outing with three clutch layups in the final minutes, and the Spurs held on for their fifth straight victory, 101-95 on Monday night.TOKYO -- Patrick Chan saw one world record fall and the Canadian figure skating team finish fourth on the opening day of the World Team Trophy on Thursday. The 21-year-old from Toronto landed his quad jump but fell on his triple Axel to finish second behind Daisuke Takahashi of Japan in the short program. Takahashi scored 94.00 to better Chans world record of 93.02, one of three scoring records the Canadian set at the world championships last year in Moscow. "I was very happy with the quad, it was the best all season," Chan said. "There is always one event where I have trouble with the triple Axel and it was today." Chan, who captured his second world title last month in Nice, France, finished with 89.91 points, while Jeremy Abbott of the U.S. was third. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., was sixth. "I felt very comfortable," Chan said. "The program itself was really easy and I was able to be really comfortable and push the envelope without getting worried and uptight about it. I could really grab the attention of the judges and see them react to it, and thats the first Ive seen that this whole season." Canadas defending world ice dance champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, also finished second in the short dance, losing to American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The Americans scored 72.881 points. Cheap MLB Jerseys. Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., had 69.93 points. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France were third with 66.57 points. "We try to use every competition as a stepping stone to improve," White said. "We felt we skated well at the worlds but obviously second wasnt the result we wanted so its nice to have another chance to come out and prove ourselves." Japan and the United States are tied with 45 points but the host nation placed first by virtue of its higher finishes in the individual disciplines. France is third with 35 points, while Canada has 33. Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., was 10th in the womens short program, while Cynthia Phaneuf was 12th. Carolina Kostner of Italy is the leader, following by Akiko Suzuki and Japanese teammate Kanako Murakami. Takahashi opened his routine with a quadruple jump and landed all his remaining jumps cleanly. "The quad wasnt that good in todays practice so I was relieved to pull it off without problems," Takahashi said. "I got a huge boost from the fans today." The United States won the inaugural World Team Trophy in 2009 in Tokyo. Figure skatings team event will make its Olympic debut in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Each team consists of two women, two men, one pair and one ice dancing couple. wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap soccer jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys china ' ' ' 

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