EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – Rex Ryan saw enough to finally reveal the New York Jets’ worst-kept secret.
Yes, Geno Smith — and not Michael Vick — will be the team’s starting quarterback this season.
“He’s done everything that we’ve asked,” Ryan said after Smith threw a touchdown pass in the Jets’ 35-24 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday night.
Smith had a solid preseason and took about 80 percent of the snaps with the starters over Vick during training camp, making the announcement a mere formality. But Smith looked every bit like a cool and confident starting quarterback in this one, finishing 9 of 14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro.
“This is no slight to Mike Vick, believe me,” Ryan said. “I wanted to come out of this knowing we had two really good quarterbacks that we can win games with, and I know, in my heart, that we have two we can win with.”
Smith was given every opportunity this summer to show he has progressed from a shaky rookie season that ended with three wins in the last four games.
“I think he’s taken off from where he left off,” Ryan said.
Smith, who threw 12 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions last year, was happy to get the official nod from Ryan.
“It’s a big deal,” he said. “But nothing’s going to change for me. . . . I think I did some good things, but I’ve got work to do.”
Patriots 30, Panthers 7: In Foxborough, Massachusetts, Tom Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and the Patriots shut down Cam Newton and Carolina.
Brady led New England (2-1) to scores on three of his five series and completed 17 of 21 passes.
Newton was 8 for 12 for 88 yards and was sacked three times. All five of his possessions for the Panthers (1-2) ended in punts.
Seahawks 34, Bears 6: In Seattle, Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, helping the Seahawks to the easy win.
Seattle scored touchdowns on its first four possessions.
Packers 31, Raiders 21: In Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers threw for two TDs, Eddie Lacy rumbled for a 1-yard score on the Packers’ opening drive and prized free agent acquisition Julius Peppers recorded his first sack of the preseason in a victory over Oakland.
Lions 13, Jaguars 12: In Allen Park, Michigan, Reggie Bush broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, one of only a few offensive highlights as Detroit edged Jacksonville in a penalty-filled game.
The teams combined for 27 penalties.