Tyler Thigpen Still Bills Backup QB (For Now)

During his time with the Kansas City Chiefs, QB Tyler Thigpen quickly earned himself quite the passionate following among the fan base. While playing 14 games for the 2008 Chiefs, Thigpen tossed 18 touchdowns (and caught one!) for a team that would only win two games in the final season of the Herm Edwards era.

Thigpen was hoping to earn a starting spot with the Chiefs and then again when he was traded to the Miami Dolphins. After two seasons with the Dolphins (and just one start) he moved on to the Buffalo Bills to reunite with head coach Chan Gailey, where he is entering his second year backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick.

His days with the Bills looked numbered when Buffalo signed Vince Young in May. And then again when they acquired Tarvaris Jackson from the Seattle Seahawks at the end of training camp. However, the Bills decided to release Young instead of Thigpen, opting to keep the player more familiar with Gailey’s system.

The plan for Buffalo is to move Jackson up the depth chart ahead of Thigpen, but it hasn’t happened yet and it isn’t going to happen this week.

“He’s still not ready to go,” Gailey told the Bills official site about Jackson. ”He’s still got a lot to learn. That was a tough situation he was in and he’s still learning the whole system.”

It sounds like Thigpen has a job for the foreseeable future with Jackson having only been with the playbook for a little over two weeks. But once he gets settled, Gailey could have a tough decision to make with his guy Thigbone.

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