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August 28, 2012

Bills acquire QB Tarvaris Jackson from Seahawks

Vince Young is released on Monday

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The Bills quickly ran out of patience with Young, who had signed a one-year contract in May to compete with returning backup Tyler Thigpen for the No. 2 job behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Young had the edge to win the backup job before he struggled on Saturday. He threw two interceptions, the first coming on his first pass attempt, and finished 12 of 26 for 103 yards passing in playing the entire second half.
It was a sudden turn of events for Young, who last week had earned a thumbs-up from quarterbacks coach David Lee.
“I’m really pleased with how much he studied and how he has slowly gotten better and better,” Lee had said. “Is he ready for   the season? Not yet, but he’s getting better every day.”
And coach Chan Gailey has maintained there’s only room for one backup, because the No. 3 job is going to receiver/wildcat   specialist Brad Smith.
It is the latest blow to Young’s once-promising career. After leading Texas to the national championship in 2006, Young was selected third overall in the draft by the Tennessee Titans and was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Titans eventually ran out of patience with Young and released him last summer. Young had a disappointing season as Michael Vick’s backup in Philadelphia last year.
Jackson has had an up-and-down career since being selected by Minnesota in the second round of the 2006 draft. He spent five years with the Vikings, including a 2007 when he went 8-4 before losing his starting job.
Jackson signed a two-year contract with the Seahawks last year, and was credited for playing a major role in the team’s turnaround   after a 2-6 start. He had career numbers in completions (271), attempts (450), 3,091 yards passing with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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