ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Quarterback Tyler Thigpen will get a majority of the playing time in the Buffalo Bills' preseason finale.
It is Thigpen's final shot to win the backup job, and the newly acquired Tarvaris Jackson will take over in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's game at Detroit on Thursday. Head coach Chan Gailey said Thigpen needs to have a good showing. "Tyler needs to play and he needs to show what he has got. This is his shot and we will play Tarvaris at the end.
Jackson will be judged on his potential as well, coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday. Gailey knows Jackson is in a tough spot."What you have to look at when you are making a decision like this is potential. That is what you are looking at. Do we think he can learn it eventually? Do we think that he can play in this system eventually? That is the decision we will have to make because there are not enough reps and there are not going to be enough looks to make a clean decision. We are going to have to make that decision about which way to go."
Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said he can relate to what Jackson is going through. "I told him today that I was in the exact same situation he is in 2007. I got traded to the (Cincinnati) Bengals essentially after the last preseason game and was the number two when I got there. They only had two quarterbacks-Carson (Palmer) and me. I was in his exact situation, having to kind of scramble and figure out how to at least spit out the offense in the huddle and the snap count. There are so many different things that go into this and there are so many teams that do it differently than we do. My advice to him, and I told him, is just ask me anything you need to ask me. He has played in this league. A lot of it is just being confident. Picking a few plays that he is comfortable with and then going from there."Buffalo acquired Jackson in a trade with Seattle Monday.
The No. 2 quarterback job is among several unsettled positions before the Bills set the 53-player roster Friday. Gailey said about 80 percent of his roster is already set, leaving about seven players on the bubble.
General manager Buddy Nix said adding a veteran safety might no longer be a key need based on how rookie Delano Howell's performed.