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Vince Young puts rear naked choke on backup gig

By Tim Graham

Oh, by the way ...

The Buffalo Bills pretty much gave the backup quarterback job to Vince Young today.

With two days off since Friday night's preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Bills apparently used that time to make some personnel decisions. They released pass-rusher Shawne Merriman this morning and announced rookie Cordy Glenn will be their left tackle.

Bills coach Chan Gailey then intoned the voice of doom for Tyler Thigpen by saying Young will remain the second-unit quarterback throughout practice this week and for Saturday night's exhibition with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"Vince Young has performed well enough in the last two games to warrant more work," Gailey said.

"We need to see how he can handle more game plan, more playing time, more everything. It's not an indictment on Tyler. It's just Vince has done some good things and we know where Tyler is. We've got to evaluate Vince more."

Young has been better than Thigpen through two preseason games, and Thigpen might not see much of the field -- if any -- against Pittsburgh. The third preseason game typically is when starters play into the third quarter and the second-stringers get most of the other snaps.

That likely leaves Thigpen with only the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions as his last gasp to beat out Young for the job.

Gailey said Young has "made more things happen. So you've got to give him credit for that. But we need to see how much he can handle, see if he can handle the whole load because once you get to the season he doesn't get many reps. So we've got to find out how he can handle all this."

As Buffalo News colleague Mark Gaughan tweeted: "VY would have to turn into Pete Gonzalez to not beat out Tyler Thigpen."

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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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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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