By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey expressed satisfaction in how quarterback Vince Young has looked so far, but conceded Young is having trouble picking up nuances of the offense.
Since Gailey joined the Bills two seasons ago, he continually has added elements to the offense as quickly as starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and his teammates have been able to absorb them.
Fitzpatrick, running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller and receivers Stevie Johnson, David Nelson and Donald Jones all have been with the Bills since Gailey arrived.
Young is trying to catch up.
"He has done a very good job, considering the circumstances," Gailey said of Young's performances. The Bills wrapped up minicamp today and will be off until they report to St. John Fisher College for training camp in late July. "He had to come in and try to learn all of that stuff. It is very difficult.
"It would not have been as hard two years ago, but we are in so much more of an advanced stage now than we were two years ago. He is trying to learn what the base concepts are and how we have advanced to where we are today without the benefit of going through the baby steps."
Gailey admitted that gives Tyler Thigpen a bit of an edge in the backup quarterback battle. This is Thigpen's second season with the Bills. Gailey also was Thigpen's offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Thigpen's edge, though, might not be enough to overcome Young's obvious strengths as an athlete.
"It has been tough on [Young], but he has got a natural feel for playing the position," Gailey said. "That is going to be another good battle in camp."