The New York Jets quarterback situation has been a fluid one over the last few seasons.
Mark Sanchez was the starting quarterback for the Jets from 2009 to 2012, but in the 2013 NFL season he was dethroned by Geno Smith.
Smith did not exactly beat out Sanchez for the job, with the former West Virginia star simply taking advantage of Sanchez's shoulder injury to claim the number one spot.
The number one quarterback spot on the Jets' depth chart is something that Geno still holds to this day, but this offseason the much-criticized signal caller gained extra competition.
Former Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was signed by the Jets to compete for the starting berth, whilst rookie Bryce Petty was also added to the mix when the Jets selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
NFL experts in New York agree that Geno Smith remains very likely to win the quarterback battle at the Jets, but Fitzpatrick - who is known best for the four solid seasons he spent in Buffalo - says he still thinks he can win the QB competition in New York.
The comments by Fitzpatrick provide a stark reminder for Geno that it will not be easy for him to keep a hold of the starting job during training camp and preseason.
“For me, I’m always going to be ready, no matter what is said or what is not said,” Fitzpatrick said, via NJ.com. “That’s kind of my approach and how I take it. I think with coach [Todd] Bowles, the thing that he’s made clear to everybody in this locker room is you’re going to have to earn your spot."
New head coach Todd Bowles arrived in New York from Arizona after an impressive stint as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals. And Fitzpatrick added that the respect for Bowles amongst the Jets' players is already strong.
"I think there’s a ton of respect for him. If you look at the kind of coach that he’s been, and the successes he’s had with his defenses, he’s always played the best guys," added Fitzpatrick.
"We’re all in here trying to win, and so I think that’s certainly going to be the case, that he’s going to put the best guys out there.”