Vince Young thinks he still has what it takes to be a starter in this league, but he’ll spend the summer proving he can be a backup.
Brad Smith revealed earlier this week that he has been working almost exclusively at quarterback this offseason, raising questions about exactly how the Bills were planning to deploy him this season. Bills coach Chan Gailey said that the team will use Brad Smith as their third quarterback this season in addition to whatever other roles they cook up for him on offense and special teams.
“He’ll go into the season, unless something major changes which I don’t foresee, he’ll be the third quarterback so he’s got to have enough quarterback knowledge to get you out of a game,” Gailey said, via Chris Brown of the Bills’ website.
That means that Young and Tyler Thigpen aren’t just fighting for the job backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick, but that they are fighting for a roster spot. Since recovering from an abdominal straing, Thigpen has been taking most of the snaps with the second team this spring. The battle should last well into the summer, though, and Young should get more chances to make his argument for the job.