Quigley makes Bears roster; Thigpen retained by Buffalo

Former North Myrtle Beach High standout Ryan Quigley has made the Chicago Bears’ final roster on Friday and will open the season as the team’s starting punter and placeholder.

The Boston College grad made his second straight impressive start in Thursday’s preseason win over the Cleveland Browns, pinning three of his four punts inside the Browns’ 20-yard line for an average of 40.3 yards per kick and he even recovered a fumble on a punt return.

Quigley also had a strong night in last week’s game against the New York Giants, punting seven times for an average of 44 yards per attempt.

Quigley, an undrafted free agent out of Boston College, earned his first NFL start after starter Adam Podlesh suffered an injury in the Bears’ second preseason game while trying to make a tackle.

The Bears placed Podlesh on injured reserve and kept Quigley on the active roster.

* Also on Friday, former CCU quarterback Tyler Thigpen was spared the final cuts by the Buffalo Bills, but so did recently acquired Tarvaris Jackson.

The Bills opted to keep four QBs on their roster, with Ryan Fitzpatrick holding down the starting job and Brad Smith retaining his role as the wildcat QB.

Thigpen and Jackson were believed to be competing for the backup spot, and apparently they still are. The Bills are not expected to retain four QBs for the entire season.

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