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Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen vie for Bills' backup QB job


Trust us: Somebody is going win the backup quarterback job for the Buffalo Bills. Days into camp, however, this race is off to a troubling start.

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Contestant No. 1, Vince Young, has struggled to grasp coach Chan Gailey's shotgun-heavy spread offense.

Contestant No. 2, Tyler Thigpen, has been a wild card, failing to hit targets in practice despite his familiarity with the scheme.

Nobody is breathing down Ryan Fitzpatrick's neck, with The Buffalo News hinting the job won't be decided until late in the preseason.

"They both have not done anything to distance themselves from the other," Gailey told The Buffalo News on Tuesday. "Both -- some things are good one day and some things are bad one day. We just have to keep letting them play. They've got to get a feel of the speed of the game with pads, feeling the pass rush around them, doing the little things they do best."

No surprises here. We're days into camp and we expected this one to start slow. We've questioned before if Young even will make this team, but it's a stark reality both men face. Whoever loses this competition could be looking for work, with Brad Smith penciled in as the team's No. 3 passer and Wildcard specialist.

Somebody will walk. That alone makes this one of training camp's more intriguing competitions.


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