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A few months later, Smith has the opportunity _ starting Sunday against Tampa Bay _ to try to prove he might be the type of franchise-changing quarterback the Jets have been looking for.

“I’d like to be,” Smith said. “That’s a tough question, but honestly, I’d love to be the franchise quarterback here. I think that’s the reason they brought me here.”

NOTES: Ryan announced that Vladimir Ducasse would start at left guard, and Antonio Allen would start at safety opposite Dawan Landry. Those were the two other main competitions in training camp. … Simms will serve as the backup to Smith over Quinn on Sunday.

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