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Vince Young now ahead in Buffalo Bills' backup QB race

Ryan Fitzpatrick is entrenched as the starting quarterback on the Buffalo Bills' depth chart, with Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young competing for the No. 2 job. Both Thigpen and Young struggled in the preseason opener, but Young appears to have nudged ahead in the race during Friday night's 36-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.


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Young entered the game with three minutes to play in the first half, completed 8 of 14 passes for 123 yards and led the team on one of its two touchdown drives.

Thigpen was 8-of-15 passing for 56 yards and threw one of two pick-sixes by Vikings rookie linebacker Audie Cole.

"Vince did a god job. He hit the big pass, made a check out there and got us in a good spot to get the touchdown," Bills coach Chan Gailey said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. "You'd have to say Vince came out a little bit ahead tonight."

Finances also could play a role in the decision.

Thigpen is due $2.5 million in base salary, while Young will earn half that rate ($1.25 million), according to a source with knowledge of Young's contract, plus $300,000 if he's on the 53-man roster in Week 1 and an additional $100,000 in per-game active roster bonuses ($6,250 per game) for a total of $2 million.

In addition to the quarterback competition gaining some clarity, Graham added that Donald Jones might have secured the No. 2 receiver role opposite Steve Johnson with his 31-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter.

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