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Buffalo Bills: How Tarvaris Jackson's Arrival Changes Backup QB Battle
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New Bills QB Tarvaris Jackson will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick and remove Vince Young from his duties

Just prior to the start of the 2012 NFL season, the Seahawks traded QB Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills. Adding Jackson to the mix complicates the battle behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

The Seahawks had reason to part ways with Tarvaris Jackson, who only played one season with Seattle. He spent five seasons with the Vikings, but never started all 16 games. 

During the offseason, the Seahawks drafted QB Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin. Additionally, they signed QB Matt Flynn, formerly of the Packers, to join Tarvaris in competition for the starting role. 

Jackson was quickly flushed out of contention by rookie sensation Wilson's dazzling preseason. Wilson earned the starting job for the Seahawk's opening game. 

Now, Tarvaris Jackson is fighting for a backup role with the Buffalo Bills. Joining him is Tyler Thigpen. Additionally, utility player Brad Smith is capable of taking snaps at QB and the Bills are committed to keeping him as the third option (via Marc Sessler of NFL.com). 

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the clear-cut starter at this juncture. The signing of an additional QB this close to the start of the season signifies that the coaching staff is not happy with the current depth on the roster. 

During the preseason, Thigpen and Vince Young had the chance to cement a job as the backup to Ryan Fitzpactrick. Neither took advantage.

Young posted a 48 percent completion rate and failed to throw a touchdown. His expulsion from Buffalo occurred shortly after his third preseason performance. 

The Bills' addition of Jackson meant the immediate release of Young, the former University of Texas great. Young spent five years with the Titans and one with the Eagles before his disastrously short stint in Buffalo. 

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Vince Young has not gotten it done in his NFL career. He's now on the market once more

Buffalo wont miss Young too much, as the addition of Jackson supplants Young's ability to run while also providing them with a more mature pocket presence. The player most affected is Tyler Thigpen. 

Entering his seventh NFL season, Thigpen has yet to be a starter in all 16 games. He has bounced around between the Chiefs and Dolphins before landing with Buffalo. 

The competition at the backup QB position in Buffalo is constantly shuffling. While this may seem like good support for starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, it also presents the idea that the front office lacks complete faith in the current state of affairs. 

In order to bolster their QB depth and ensure safety at the position, the Bills added Jackson.

Adding Jackson was a conservative decision that will not severely impact the Buffalo Bills season. However, for  individuals like Thigpen and especially Vince Young, Jackson's arrival is most unsettling. 

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