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Bills hope to give Thigpen, Young even reps in next preseason game

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In Buffalo, there’s no quarterback controversy when it comes to who will start.  As to the question of the No. 2 man on the depth chart, the issue is still up in the air.

And with the team believed to be taking a “winner gets a Water Pik, loser gets fired” approach to the competition, it’s important that each guy get a fair shot.

Along those lines, the Bills plan to ensure that the two candidates — Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young — get equal reps in the Week Two preseason game against the Vikings.

“[It] did not happen last week,” Bills coach Chan Gailey told reporters Thursday, via James Walker of ESPN.com.  “Tyler got 19 and Vince got 30.  We would like to stay at 20 and 20 if we can.  With [Ryan Fitzpatrick] getting 20, you like to think a game is 60-something plays.  Tyler may end up with a few more this week.”

If Young gets the job, the Vikings could provide a landing spot for Thigpen.  They acquired him in the seventh round of the 2007 draft, but he was snatched on waivers by the Chiefs as the Vikings tried to sneak him through to the practice squad.  Last year, the Vikings were pursuing Thigpen in free agency, but they eventually signed Donovan McNabb.

Meanwhile, the Bills new blue Nike jersey with a partially-white collar makes Thigpen look like Steve Grogan.

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5 Responses to “Bills hope to give Thigpen, Young even reps in next preseason game”
  1. goodluckking says: Aug 16, 2012 2:15 PM

    That photo absolutely took me back to the days of Steve Grogan in New England when they had cool uniforms and he had that large neck protector. Good call!

  2. medtxpack says: Aug 16, 2012 2:41 PM

    Ya but Grogan got his chance when Plunkett got hurt. Lets home thats not what gives Thigpen his ultimate chance.

  3. fargovikesfan says: Aug 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    The Vikings already have 4 QB’s on the roster, why would they go after Thigpen? The only reason they did last year is because they didn’t have anyone ready to start (Rosenfels wasn’t with the team at the time). Now you have Ponder set as the starter, Webb as the backup, and Rosenfels back as mentor/#3. Plus a potential practice squader in Bethel-Thompson. No room for Thigpen.

  4. bertmcg says: Aug 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    Oh boy, the Bills are in trouble either way if Fitz gets hurt but VY sucks and is a disaster for the team.

  5. talkingproud says: Aug 16, 2012 10:43 PM

    The new Nike jerseys are terrible. The collar looks exactly like a neck brace that Shane Nelson wore back in the day. I hope Nike knows how bad these look and jersey sales this season reflect this fact.

    Vince Young had a good week of practice this week and appears to be the front runner for the back up job. This appears to be Thigpen’s last chance to shine after a pretty unimpressive camp thus far.

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