BOONTON, N.J. - Geno Smith said he has received no confirmation that he will be the Jets' starting quarterback in Week 1. Which is why he feels as if he has to go out and take the role for himself.
In Smith's world, there are a few well-calculated steps involved in doing that: Keeping star receiver Brandon Marshall on your side isn't a bad start, nor is holding pre-training camp workouts (other Jets quarterbacks are invited but are not expected).
"I think whether you're a starter, a backup, or a guy trying to make the team, you've got to try and go and take it,'' Smith said Wednesday at his football camp at Boonton High. "You've got to work hard every day and you've got to stand out. Those are some of the things I plan on doing.''
About a month before camp, Smith and most of the Jets' skill players will work out in Marshall's hometown, Chicago, so Marshall can spend more time with his newborn twins. They'll work on "chemistry, talking over the playbook and things we saw at the end of camp, things that we thought we needed to improve on,'' Smith said.
Marshall, 31, and Smith, 24, grew up in Florida. Their friendship began around the time Smith was drafted in 2013, and they roomed together during minicamp.
The 6-4, 230-pounder probably will be Smith's No. 1 target, and if they click on the field, it could mean a vast improvement over Smith's mercurial second season, in which he threw 13 interceptions in 14 games. That still was better than his rookie year (21 picks, 16 games). Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will be there to step in if Smith falters.
"I don't feel any pressure,'' Smith said. "I feel like we've got a lot of room for improvement, but I love the way we're working and competing. To have guys around me that are so, so good, it takes all the pressure off of me.''
Smith knows the job is his to lose, but "that's always going to be my mindset. I'm in competition with myself to try and be perfect, I'm in competition with Ryan, I'm in competition with Bryce [Petty].''