Was Thigpen’s performance enough to save backup job?

Former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen didn’t do a lot to help his chances of keeping his backup job with the Buffalo Bills, but neither did his competition.

In Thursday night’s 38-32 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions, Thigpen completed 18 of 30 passes for 186 yards, one touchdown and two costly interceptions.

After playing the second, third and part of the fourth quarter, Thigpen gave way to newcomer Tarvaris Jackson, whom the Bills acquired from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week.

Jackson threw only one pass – a fourth-quarter interception that capped the Lions’ victory. The Bills are expected to cut one of the two QBs as early as Friday, with Jackson the apparent odd man out.

But Thigpen made his share of miscues, throwing an ill-advised screen pass into the arms of Detroit defender Jonte Green, who sprinted 23 yards for a touchdown.

Thigpen settled down as the game progressed, throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Dorin Dickerson, and later completing a 2-point conversion pass to Marcus Easley that gave the Bills a 32-31 edge in the fourth quarter.

Both backups proved to be distant No. 2s on the depth chart after starter Ryan Fitzpatrick started the game by going a perfect 5-for-5 on the opening touchdown drive. The Bills must decide which gives them a better backup option before final roster cuts this weekend.

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