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Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen battle for Bills' backup job


Training camp is right around the corner, meaning we can finally witness some of these quarterback competitions we've been prattling on about for months.

One under-the-radar battle is about to take place in Buffalo, where Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen will fight for the Bills' No. 2 spot behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"I think it's going to be a good competition," coach Chan Gailey told the team's official site. "Tyler has the advantage of being here and being in the system. Vince has the advantage of playing in games and the experience. Vince has more experience than Tyler. Tyler has more experience in this offense than Vince. So there's a trade-off there. It depends on who ends up doing the best job during the course of the entire preseason."

Young was "inconsistent" during offseason practices, according to the site, but allowed his athleticism to take over (something Gailey values and knows how to coach). Thigpen was slowed by an abdominal injury during organized team activities and minicamp, but returned to take a decent amount of snaps. Basically, nothing has been decided.

The problem for both quarterbacks is Brad Smith, who will operate Buffalo's Wildcat package, and has worked primarily as the team's No. 3 passer. His job is safe.

Thigpen and Young are in a game of musical chairs. One seat remains in Buffalo. It's hard to fathom Gailey letting Young walk, but Thigpen has been a survivor in the NFL. One of these players will be looking for work elsewhere.