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Donovan McNabb thinks Bills could use Vince Young

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills gave the Vince Young experiment a shot last summer. It looked like he had the No. 2 job locked up after a good showing in the third preseason game. Then he did little in the preseason finale and was released by former coach Chan Gailey in favor of ... Tyler Thigpen.

Young still is looking for another chance to revive his NFL career, and former NFL star quarterback Donovan McNabb thinks he belongs in the NFL.

McNabb on the NFL Network Tuesday:

"He deserves a second chance. Quarterback play has been really declining by a lot of different teams. A lot of guys are restructuring contracts [and] releasing their quarterbacks.

"Give him an opportunity to get back on his feet and also get himself established in this league. He was able to apologize to [coach Jeff] Fisher and move on with his life. Give him an opportunity,  bring him into camp and show his talents once again. He did it at the Texas Pro Day [Tuesday]. Obviously, a lot of eyes were focused on him. He was able to elevate and show he is still working hard to get back be an elite quarterback."

McNabb on teams that could use VY:

"You look at Oakland, Jacksonville, teams that are struggling with their quarterbacks, questioning their leadership and their play. He left Tennessee, Jake Locker maybe not the guy they were expecting -- not saying he could go there -– but also you look at Buffalo.

"Buffalo is looking to bring in a young quarterback. Bring him in there with Tarvaris Jackson ... and give them an opportunity to establish themselves as a football team. If you bring him in there, you know the type of talent you have. Just give him a chance to play."

The way last season played out, Bills fans would have been clamoring for Young to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick around midseason. A lot of Bills fans probably would welcome Young back right now, as well.

However, don't count on the Bills giving Young another shot. Bills General Manager Buddy Nix signed off on Young's release last September.


2013 free agency | Buddy Nix | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Tarvaris Jackson | Vince Young
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Tim Graham

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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

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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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