What can Vince Young do for Buffalo?
May, 1, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
The AFC East blog has confirmed a report in the Buffalo News that free-agent quarterback Vince Young will work out for the Bills Wednesday. It's an interesting note from Buffalo, which had a great offseason.
Here are some thoughts on Young and the Bills:
- The Bills have an opening at quarterback and proved this offseason they will be aggressive. The Bills easily could have been content with finding a developmental quarterback in the later rounds of the draft. But the Bills feel they can make a jump this year and are looking to see if they can find a more proven backup behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Buffalo also has a veteran quarterback in Tyler Thigpen on the roster. The Bills could carry three if they choose to sign Young.
- Buffalo's Wildcat package also plays a role. The Bills struggled to run the formation effectively last season with receiver/quarterback Brad Smith. Young is a much better passer than Smith and could make Buffalo’s Wildcat package more dangerous with the threat to throw.
- An interesting side note is Young would be paired with defensive end Mario Williams in Buffalo, if he signs. That would match two of the top three picks from the 2006 draft. There was a lot of debate whether the Houston Texans should draft Williams or Young No. 1 overall. The Texans wisely chose Williams, and Young went No. 3 to Tennessee. Williams has been much more productive over his career and recently signed a $100 million contract with the Bills.