Thursday, August 16, 2012
Bills to equally divide QB reps vs. Vikings
By James Walker
The Buffalo Bills have a lot to work on with their three quarterbacks this preseason. Buffalo wants to get starter Ryan Fitzpatrick primed for Week 1 of the regular season against the New York Jets, while figuring out its backup situation between Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen.
Buffalo worked on several things in the preseason opener against the Washington Redskins, and as a result, the quarterback reps were uneven.
"[It] did not happen last week," Bills coach Chan Gailey told Buffalo reporters. "Tyler got 19 and Vince got 30. We would like to stay at 20 and 20 if we can. With [Fitzpatrick] getting 20, you like to think a game is 60-something plays. Tyler may end up with a few more this week."
The Bills need to know their backup quarterback soon. Therefore, Thigpen and Young should get an equal opportunity to impress the coaching staff over the next couple of preseason games. It starts Friday for Buffalo against the Minnesota Vikings.
The loser of this quarterback battle most likely won't make the team. Buffalo is preparing Brad Smith to be the emergency/Wildcat quarterback in its offense. The pressure is on Young and Thigpen to perform well in these upcoming preseason games.