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Tarvaris Jackson expected to remain No. 3 all season

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When the Bills traded for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson this offseason, the assumption was that they felt a needed an upgrade over Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young at backup quarterback.

That assumption might have been correct, but it doesn’t look like Jackson’s going to be providing that upgrade this season. Jackson has been ensconced as the third-stringer behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Thigpen since arriving in Buffalo and coach Chan Gailey says that he expects Jackson will remain in that role for the rest of the year.

“It would be very tough for Tarvaris to challenge for that spot this year because of limited reps. Fitz takes almost every rep we have on offense during the course of the week. The backup gets very few reps through the course of practice. So it’s hard for him to get the reps necessary to make a viable charge at this point for that position,” Gailey said, via the team’s website. “We knew it would be a challenge. We knew that when we made the move, but we were hoping that we would be able to keep him around and keep him learning and eventually by osmosis pick up enough to help us if something were to happen later in the season.”

The later in the season part suggests that Gailey would prefer to turn to Jackson if injury or ineffectiveness force Fitzpatrick out of the lineup for an extended period of time. It also suggests that Jackson isn’t making much progress with the playbook, something that doesn’t come as a great shock after watching him in Minnesota and Seattle.

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15 Responses to “Tarvaris Jackson expected to remain No. 3 all season”
  1. goliathxr says: Oct 3, 2012 10:38 AM

    Now Tarvaris is getting jerked around in Buffalo, too (rolls eyes).

  2. hawkforlife says: Oct 3, 2012 10:46 AM

    You have to step up and learn the offense and demonstrate your worth. See Minnesota / Seattle and now the Bills.

    No great QB ever sat as a 3rd stringer for an entire year. That offense can’t be that much harder than others.

  3. fldan says: Oct 3, 2012 10:55 AM

    Maybe they can trade him to the Browns and he can play for Chilly

  4. jjackwagon says: Oct 3, 2012 11:00 AM

    I bet he would still be an upgrade in KC.

  5. hawkron says: Oct 3, 2012 11:06 AM

    Jackson is exactly where he belongs….on the bench…Now, can we send Pete to Buffalo, too?

  6. whatjusthapped says: Oct 3, 2012 11:14 AM

    Never has a qB of such limited upside potential made so much money basically holding a clipboard.

    he should send 10% of his earnings to Childress every year for starting the charade.

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2012 11:30 AM

    He’s obviously being misused.

    Right, Pete?

  8. EJ says: Oct 3, 2012 11:35 AM

    Jackson will come off the bench after Fitzpatrick gets hurt and Thigpen comes in and can’t get the job done. The way Fitzpatrick has been throwing himself around, it will eventually happen this season. If you ask me, Fitzpatrick has all the tools mentally to run a sharp Offense, but doesn’t have the athleticism to compete with what he see’s on the field. Put a big armed and mobile QB like Jackson in with Fitzpatrick deciphering the plays from the sideline. To me it would be the best of both worlds.

  9. hendeeze says: Oct 3, 2012 11:40 AM

    Osmosis studies for potential starting QBs 101, seems legit.

  10. blowpackblow says: Oct 3, 2012 11:58 AM

    The only reason he is #3 is because they don’t have 4 QB’s on the roster.

  11. KIR says: Oct 3, 2012 12:02 PM

    Say what you want, but Vince Young wins games!

  12. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2012 12:16 PM

    KIR says:
    Oct 3, 2012 12:02 PM
    Say what you want, but Vince Young wins games!

    Where, on the PS3?

  13. dougy1970 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:11 PM

    Fitzpatrick is so smart. He is like Good Will Hunting. That is why he has thrown more picks than any other player by far over the past 2+ seasons. Because he is smart. He must be. He went to Harvard. Duh.

    Give me the Stanford guys over the Harvard guys anyday.

  14. egodz51 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:13 PM

    Seriously Chan? You were hoping he’d ‘learn through osmosis’?

    Sounds like we have much, much bigger problems in Buffalo.

  15. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 3, 2012 8:05 PM

    He was contaminated by the vikings and became less than #2.

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