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Tyler Thigpen to serve as No. 2 QB against Jets

By Jay Skurski

Tyler Thigpen is next in line should anything happen to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday, when the Buffalo Bills open the season against the New York Jets.

Bills coach Chan Gailey confirmed Thigpen will serve as the No. 2 quarterback this week ahead of newly acquired Tarvaris Jackson.

Thigpen confirmed this week that he accepted a $1 million paycut to stay with the Bills, and now he's one play away from being counted on in a game that's as important as a season opener can get.

The decision isn't a shock. Thigpen has a good grasp on the offense, much more so than Jackson could be expected to in two weeks with the team.

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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.

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