Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/11/12

While the Buffalo Bills have only played one game – a preseason game, at that – their backup quarterbacks are already showing they won't be able to be counted upon should starter Ryan Fitzpatrick get injured.

The Bills' offense as a whole looked pretty pathetic in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Washington Redskins, racking up only 219 yards from scrimmage and posing few serious scoring threats. But neither Vince Young nor Tyler Thigpen could do anything of note against the Redskins' backup defenses, leaving Bills fans uneasy about the backup situation entering the 2012 season.

No. 2 quarterback Thigpen went only 3-of-8 for 38 yards and an interception during his time behind center in the second quarter. He had six tries to convert a first and goal at the end of the first half thanks to a Washington penalty, but he could not generate the six points.

No. 3 quarterback Young, who played the entire second half, went only 5-of-12 for 50 yards; he was the team's leading rusher, though, gathering 37 yards on five carries (the first team offense did not carry out a single rushing play). He was also sacked three times. On his one productive drive in the third quarter, a 15-play drive that led to a field goal, he converted two third downs via scrambles – likely his best shot to move up the depth chart.

Thigpen was thought lowly enough of in 2011 that he was kept on the bench despite Fitz suffering broken ribs. And Young was brought in to push Thigpen but surprisingly hasn't done that much so far. Coach Chan Gailey said the entire team looked bad, including Fitz, who didn't do much in a no-huddle offense the team tried out that had Fitz calling his own plays:

"It looked ugly, it felt ugly, it was ugly. But I think we’ll learn from it and get better from it. We get to go back to work Saturday, and that’s what we plan to do."

The Bills, depending on who you talk to, have a good shot of contending for a Wild Card playoff spot this season. If the backups don't step it up now, when they're competing for a roster spot, it's unlikely that they will do much if and when they get the ball in a real gameday situation. Coaches love when players step up to the competition, but so far it seems that neither backup quarterback wants to do so.

The Bills' next preseason game is Aug. 17 at the Minnesota Vikings. Thursday's game will be rebroadcast Friday night in Buffalo and over the weekend in Rochester and Syracuse.

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