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08:04 AM ET 08.01 | The battle for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback job behind Ryan Fitzpatrick has jumped off to a rocky start. Vince Young, the favorite to be the top backup to [Fitzpatrick], needs time to get comfortable in a new offense. Tyler Thigpen, Fitzpatrick's No. 2 last season, is fighting to demonstrate more accuracy in coach Chan Gailey's rhythm-passing attack. Neither Young or Thigpen has looked anywhere close to being as good as Fitzpatrick in running the offense through just five practices. It's likely to be late in preseason before fans have a better sense of how much security the Bills have behind their starting quarterback. "They both have not done anything to distance themselves from the other," Gailey said after Tuesday's training camp practice.

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August 1, 2012  08:09 AM ET

With those two options, there won't be any security in a #2 passer until they pick up someone else.

August 1, 2012  08:09 AM ET

It's likely to be late in preseason before fans have a better sense of how much security the Bills have behind their starting quarterback."

I don't get a sense that Bills fans have much faith in the starting quarterback.

August 1, 2012  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's likely to be late in preseason before fans have a better sense of how much security the Bills have behind their starting quarterback." I don't get a sense that Bills fans have much faith in the starting quarterback.

and apparently they will have less faith in No. 2.

August 1, 2012  08:10 AM ET

"They both have not done anything to distance themselves from the other," Gailey said.

Translation- "We're screwed if Fitz get hurt."

August 1, 2012  08:14 AM ET
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I don't get a sense that Bills fans have much faith in the starting quarterback.

He's the first ray of real hope in Buffalo since Jim Kelly.

August 1, 2012  08:22 AM ET
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He's the first ray of real hope in Buffalo since Jim Kelly.

Yeah, I agree, DD, but he's always seemed like a great back-up rather than a solid starter. But I'm sure they'd rather have him starting than their other options as well as other options within the division with the exception of one team.

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August 1, 2012  08:57 AM ET

VY and Thigpen struggling, is this a surprise to anyone?

August 1, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

VY and Thigpen struggling, is this a surprise to anyone?

They picked these guys up to give Fitzpatrick more confidence.

August 1, 2012  09:05 AM ET

How is this possible when Andy Reid says VY is toooo goood to be back up QB in the NFL?

August 1, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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How is this possible when Andy Reid says VY is toooo goood to be back up QB in the NFL?

no different than a used car salesman telling you you'd look great in a Yugo.

August 1, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Great news to hear if I am a Bills fan. There is probably no way that Fitzpatrick can play every game this year, so the fans can look forward to another losing season.

August 1, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

VY and Thigpen struggling, is this a surprise to anyone?

They said that about Jeff Hoffsteadler!!!

August 1, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

There is probably no way that Fitzpatrick can play every game this year,

Why not? He started every game last year, and I think he only missed one start in 2010 after being named the starter in week 3.

August 1, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They picked these guys up to give Fitzpatrick more confidence.

lol--makes you wonder about the coach/GM ability to judge QB talent. But still, after 5 practices they ought to be struggling, unless the offense is really simple...

August 1, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Probably due to those little mattresses they're sleeping on.

August 1, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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no different than a used car salesman telling you you'd look great in a Yugo.

Or Shaq trying to sell that Buick car...LOL..he could barely squeeze into it, talking bout how roomy it is..right

August 1, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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It's likely to be late in preseason before fans have a better sense of how much security the Bills have behind their starting quarterback." I don't get a sense that Bills fans have much faith in the starting quarterback.

Actually, the majority of Bills fans love Fitzpatrick and believe in him very much. Stevie Johnson is the only Bill ever to have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. Fitz was at the helm for both years. Last year, Fitz had nearly 4,000 yards passing with 23 TDs ... not too shabby on a team with the worst defense in the league - and playing the last half of the season with broken ribs. He's the real deal and his is not the reason the Bills have stunk since he's been there. That was the defense ... and to say that's been addressed would be the understatement of the year. GO BILLS!

August 1, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Or Shaq trying to sell that Buick car...LOL..he could barely squeeze into it, talking bout how roomy it is..right

he did say his shoes are bigger than most compact cars. LOL

 
August 1, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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Actually, the majority of Bills fans love Fitzpatrick and believe in him very much. Stevie Johnson is the only Bill ever to have back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. Fitz was at the helm for both years. Last year, Fitz had nearly 4,000 yards passing with 23 TDs ... not too shabby on a team with the worst defense in the league - and playing the last half of the season with broken ribs. He's the real deal and his is not the reason the Bills have stunk since he's been there. That was the defense ... and to say that's been addressed would be the understatement of the year. GO BILLS!

2nd place team right here!

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