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New York Jets confirm Ryan Fitzpatrick won't be competing by OTAs

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Just who will be under center for the New York Jets come Week One of the 2015 NFL season is anyone's guess right now.

QB battle

The much maligned Geno Smith, last year's third string quarterback Matt Simms and new arrival Ryan Fitzpatrick are all set to battle it out to win the starting job over the coming months.

Today though brought bad news for those hoping to see Fitzpatrick nab the role, with the Jets confirming a set back for the former Houston Texans man.

It appears that Fitzpatrick's rehabilitation after breaking his leg last December is taking slightly longer than expected and New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has revealed they are planning to be without the veteran QB for all intents and purposes in the upcoming OTAs.

"We're projecting (Ryan Fitzpatrick) to be back ready to go for training camp," Maccagnan told Darryl Slater of

"He'll be involved in some of the offseason stuff...But again, taking it into consideration, too, the rehabilitation for his injuries. He may be limited to a certain degree in the OTAs."

"I think Geno and Matt will definitely get more reps."

Levelling the playing field

The update seems to play into the hands of Geno Smith. Had Fitzpatrick been healthy are raring to go from the off many had expected the 32-year-old veteran to have the edge when it came to new head coach Todd Bowles picking his man.

That was largely due to the fact that Fitzpatrick has experience working with new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey - the pair teaming up at the Buffalo Bills between 2010-2012.

Now though Smith will have a few extra months to acclimatize to the new staff and try and get himself ahead in the race to be the starting quarterback without the pressure of an experienced pro doing the same beside him.

Hope for Smith

While Ryan Fitzpatrick would be far from most Jets fans' ideal quarterback, the way Geno Smith struggled through most of the 2014 season has left them searching for other options.

Smith though, unlike the  32-year-old Fitzpatrick, still has time on his hands. The 24-year old showed some signs of improvement in the final weeks of New York's season - leading the team to two wins in their final three games with a 5-1 touchdown to interception ratio in the process.

He will be hoping to kick on from that this offseason in a bid to prove the doubters wrong and Fitzpatrick's absence may just give him the opportunity to do just that.

What do you think Jets fans? Who do you want to see as your starting quarterback next season? Does Geno deserve another chance? Let us know in the comments section below...

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