Vince Young to Work Out With Buffalo Bills: Why He Must Be Signed

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If the Buffalo Bills legitimately believe they can compete for the postseason in 2012, signing Vince Young is an absolute must.

It’s that simple.

News of the team bringing in Young for a tryout on Wednesday surfaced from a report by Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

Young, 29, was the Philadelphia Eagles backup in 2011.

Yes, he was disappointing numbers as the emergency starter last season. But forget all that. It doesn’t matter.

Actually, it could work in the Bills’ favor.


His relatively disappointing career and poor showing in relief duty last year will halt any initial quarterback controversy.

Because he’d simply be brought as the No. 2 behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, to provide some competence behind the Bills’ cemented starter.

With the Stevie Johnson re-signing, the Mario Williams acquisition and a seemingly solid draft, it’s easy for Bills fans to overlook a scenario in which Fitzpatrick goes down with an injury.

He’s been a gritty gamer since taking over the offense early in 2010, often sliding head first on scrambles and popping up after vicious hits from linebackers and defensive linemen.

Just because Fitzpatrick hasn’t been hurt after taking major punishment, doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t get hurt in the future.

That’s important to remember.

As we saw in the preseason and in garbage time during the regular season in 2011, Tyler Thigpen is pretty awful.

I have zero faith in him winning a game for the Bills if forced into the starting lineup next season.

Do you?

Vince Young would give Buffalo a significantly better chance to win a game with playoff implications in, say, early December if Fitzpatrick is banged up.

We know Chan Gailey’s love for mobile quarterbacks who can make plays out of the pocket, and that’s one area in which Young excels.

The Bills offense features a lot of quick and short throws, again playing to one of Young’s strengths.

Schematically, he’s undoubtedly a fit.

If nothing else, he’d present genuine competition for Fitzpatrick, something missing with Thigpen as the penciled-in No. 2.

I’m all for competition at all positions, aren’t you?

The Bills need insurance behind Fitz more than people think, and Vince Young’s the perfect insurance policy.