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He merely has to give the Bills a better backup plan than Thigpen, a vertibale nobody in this league, so lackluster of a quarterback that when London Fletcher cracked Fitzpatrick’s ribs in Toronto, Gailey turned to Brad Smith and the Wildcat offense, though that had something to do with the fact Thigpen got hit in the head with the ball while warming up his arm.
Thigpen is on this team because he put up decent numbers while running one of Gailey’s gimmick offenses and winning one of 11 starts for the Chiefs in 2008. That’s the top line on his résumé. He was awful in subsequent years with the Dolphins, and bad enough last year that the Bills went wishing on a fallen star with Young.
As poor as Young’s passing numbers have been over the past few seasons, they are still superior to Thigpen’s. Young is taller. He has a much stronger arm. And, of course, he runs laps around his competition when he breaks out of the pocket.
Thigpen entered the game before Young on Thursday because in practices and meetings so far, Young hasn’t proved to be much better. And maybe he won’t turn out to be a much better backup when the regular season rolls around.
But he can’t be much worse. And it’s well worth spending a season trying to find out if there’s any untapped potential in that blessed body of his.
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