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Vince Young was hoping the Bills would be a safe landing spot for him to make something of his disappointing NFL career. After signing a contract in May, Young was likely looking to quickly carve a niche for himself on the roster after an ugly one-year stint with the Eagles in 2011.
With the interest in his services at virtual standstill, Young jumped at the opportunity to join a Chan Gailey-run offense that traditionally succeeds with a quarterback of Young's skill set.
The first few months have shown uninspiring play and an admittance that he isn't comfortable with the offense just yet. The results have been miserable in practice and in the first preseason game, Young looked lost during his short time on the field.
There were whispers that he was struggling to beat out a less-talented Tyler Thigpen for the backup position and could be on the final cut list.
Young silenced his detractors, at least for one night, after putting together a solid 8-for-13 effort through the air. Half of his yards came on one play, a 64-yard pass to speedy rookie T.J. Graham, but Young looked efficient all night.
For the first time in a Bills' jersey, Young looked comfortable in the pocket, never looking to scramble once, but instead working through his progressions.
Thigpen and Brad Smith, who is likely a roster lock as a "weapon," looked horrible in comparison to Young. Each threw interceptions to rookie Audie Cole, which he returned for two touchdowns in a 13-second span in the fourth quarter.
Thigpen isn't going to crack the final roster with another performance like tonight's.