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Poll: What should the Bills do with backup QBs?

By Tim Graham

The preseason is over, and the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation remains cloudy.

We know Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter. We think we know Brad Smith will be the third quarterback, although he suffered a groin injury in Thursday night's preseason finale.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he didn't think Smith's injury was significant. Still, it's another variable to consider.

And what do we make of Tyler Thigpen's status? Newcomer Tarvaris Jackson plainly showed he doesn't know enough of the playbook yet, getting pulled on the final drive because he couldn't run the two-minute offense.

Thigpen rallied from a sloppy start to conduct three scoring drives in a 38-32 loss to the Detroit Lions.

"Tyler played good," Gailey said. "He made it tough. And it was all on the line. He did a good job."

Teams must reduce their roster to 53 players by 9 tonight.

Tell us what you think the Bills should do with their QB depth chart.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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