Tonawanda News


May 15, 2012

Young eager to fill any role for Bills



Young instead chose to play at Texas, where he became a Heisman Trophy finalist in leading the Longhorns to a win the national championship in 2006.

Selected with the No. 3 pick by the Titans, Young made an immediate impact in being named the NFL's 2006 offensive rookie of the year. His career, however, has taken several turns and he's now on his third team in as many seasons after completing a one-year contract with the Eagles.

Young said he's not concerned about having to prove himself again with another one-year deal.

"The biggest thing is it's not about me. It's not about me at all. It's where I can go in and help," he said. "If it's one-year deals, it's an opportunity to play the game that I love, so that's my biggest thing."

Young struggled last season, finishing with four touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games, and was sacked eight times in six games, including three starts. Overall, he's put up inconsistent numbers. Though he has 46 touchdowns passing and 12 rushing, Young has also thrown 51 interceptions and lost 12 fumbles.

Known for his running ability, Young said he's still making the transition into a complete quarterback by learning how to stay in the pocket.

The Bills have made it clear that Fitzpatrick is their starter heading into the season, and that Young will compete with returning backup Tyler Thigpen for the No. 2 job.

Young's fine with that, and said he started to become accustomed to the role after backing up Michael Vick last season.

Young also said he's become better accustomed to deal with the criticism he's drawn, much of it coming during his five years at Tennessee where he lost the starting job on several occasions.

"I just use it as motivation to silence my doubters. I have a huge doubter base," he said. "My biggest thing is not feeding into that. You can't make everybody happy."

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