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Tarvaris Jackson re-signs with Bills to take part in open QB competition

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The Bills never turned to Tarvaris Jackson in 2012, but the quarterback could get his chance to get on the field in 2013.

That was the message Bills coach Doug Marrone sent in the team’s announcement that they have re-signed Jackson to a one-year contract. Marrone said that Jackson and Ryan Fitzpatrick have both been informed that they’ll be taking part in an open competition for the team’s quarterback job.

“I spoke with Ryan and Tarvaris and told them we will have an open competition at the quarterback position — similar to what we will do at all positions on our team heading into our offseason work,” Marrone said. “I believe that our players will embrace this challenge. We are looking forward to working with our players as we prepare for the 2013 season.”

Chris Brown of the Bills website speculates that Jackson is attractive to Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett because of his background in the West Coast offense, principles of which will be part of the Bills’ offense this season. It probably doesn’t hurt that there’s not much satisfaction with what Fitzpatrick has done over the last two years either.

The Bills now have three quarterbacks on the roster in Fitzpatrick, Jackson and Aaron Corp, who was signed earlier this week. There’s a pretty good chance that other names find their way into the mix in Buffalo, either through free agency or the draft.

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24 Responses to “Tarvaris Jackson re-signs with Bills to take part in open QB competition”
  1. daringanttsux says: Feb 15, 2013 12:25 PM

    Keep reading the last sentence of 2nd paragraph over and over, Bills fans. It’s really unfair what’s been done to you.

  2. 1bbfan says: Feb 15, 2013 12:28 PM

    I cant believe he never got a chance last year. I think he will win over Fitzpatrick

  3. brassknuckles47 says: Feb 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    This move really makes a lot of sense….take two mediocre QB’s and have them battle it out to see who is the best at being mediocre. Thanks Doug!

  4. elmaxoh says: Feb 15, 2013 12:43 PM

    We all know he’s getting cut at the end of the pre-season , they just need some QB to throw to ball during the training camp…

  5. sammyscrawfo says: Feb 15, 2013 12:44 PM

    Barring any excellent training camp performances from TJax or Fitz, a rookie will be starting this year and one of those two will be cut.

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 15, 2013 12:45 PM

    “Hey, wait a minute …” ~ Vince Young

  7. chipwade says: Feb 15, 2013 12:49 PM

    Charlie Whitehurst would like try and play QB as well.

  8. osiris33 says: Feb 15, 2013 12:51 PM

    THANK GOD! That means he won’t be resigning with the Seahawks as a backup. Worst… QB… Ever…

  9. zeuslizard says: Feb 15, 2013 12:52 PM

    Anyone who thinks those are the ONLY two who will take part in this competition is tripping…

  10. joetoronto says: Feb 15, 2013 12:53 PM

    This dud will make Fitzpatrick look good in comparison.

  11. billsfaninmiami says: Feb 15, 2013 12:55 PM

    And then Alex Smith comes in to teach Ryan Nassib the nuances of the pro game – and we have a future in the Buff!

  12. andrewfbrowne says: Feb 15, 2013 1:05 PM

    I think this move is a pretty strong indictment of the QB class in this years draft. Buffalo is a QB needy team and this sends a message that help will not come through the draft right away.

  13. immafubared says: Feb 15, 2013 1:36 PM

    Poor Travaris. This guy could have been talented if he just had the brains between his ears to read defenses. Once the defense starts to move around, it drives him nuts and he tosses up a goofball.

  14. screechingllama says: Feb 15, 2013 1:37 PM

    That’s $12M or 10% of the cap tied up in Fitz and Tjax, two backup level QBs. That is unacceptable Buddy Nix!

  15. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Feb 15, 2013 1:45 PM

    Tarvarpicks Jackson? I think i forced it a little but, the point being Jump Pass Jackson has a nasty little habit of throwing directly at opposing cornerbacks. I like the guy personally, but as a Vikings fan, you cannot imagine the relief I felt when he was no longer on our roster.

  16. tomcous says: Feb 15, 2013 2:29 PM

    @screechingllama says:
    That’s $12M or 10% of the cap tied up in Fitz and Tjax, two backup level QBs. …

    —–

    There won’t be room for 2nd place in the competition amongst the 2 of them … 1 will stay & 1 will go. I’d also expect a 4th name added and what this really says to me is that they likely not be making a trade for an Alex Smith. #4 QB name will be from Draft

  17. jprcox says: Feb 15, 2013 2:41 PM

    Here is one Seattle fan who wanted TJACK to come back to Seahawks as a back-up. We are most likely losing Flynn – and Flynn wouldnt even be a good match in a backup role given the new offense.

    I have no idea why people dont like T-Jack. I think he is a good QB – hasn’t been great yet, but good. If he can get faster on his reads and release I think he could be GREAT

  18. kwickett85 says: Feb 15, 2013 2:53 PM

    If only they could mix Fitz’ football mentality with Jacksons’ physical skills.

  19. rajbais says: Feb 15, 2013 3:15 PM

    Good, more opportunities for Florio to mispronounce his name as uglily as he already does!

    Tarvaris = tur-VARE-is???

  20. unclax41 says: Feb 15, 2013 3:17 PM

    Okay so whomever sucks less will start??……F%#@

  21. coltzfan166 says: Feb 15, 2013 4:34 PM

    Guessing they’ll draft Ryan Nassib in the third to compete too.

  22. orcahawk says: Feb 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    Here’s another Seattle fan who thinks TJack was pretty good. There were no “jump-passes” in Seattle – in fact he did a good job of protecting the ball in general. In 2011 he threw for over 3000 yards and more TDs than picks. The main gripe was that he held the ball too long and would get sacked… bad but not a turnover.

    He played tough through a torn pec and took care of business. If Flynn leaves I would think that the Hawks might look at TJack as a potential backup for Wilson, and that wouldn’t be bad IMHO

  23. lorddarkhelmet says: Feb 15, 2013 4:52 PM

    just because he has experience in the WCO doesn’t mean he is any good in it. As a rookie Ponder was already better than him and Ponder hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire

  24. marlon70 says: Feb 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    Jackson was way better than Ponder. Minn fans wanted Jackson gone. And why? Favre two years in a row dream…. Jackson played well with a torn pectoral muscle in SEA in 2011. He got beat out by a very talented rookie who was cheaper. Jackson will beat Fitz for the starting job. Jackson was never allowed to throw more than 25 passes a game in Minn, so Minn fans all said he couldn’t ever throw for 300 yard passing games… lol When Jackson got to SEA, he threw for at least 3 300 yard games. One he threw for 329 in 2 1/2 quarters of play against CINN when he was clearly still injured, but had to come in to replace a very inept Charlie Whitehurst….

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