Niagara Gazette

Bills

May 15, 2012

Young eager to fill any role for Bills

ORCHARD PARK —  

Yes, Vince Young is comfortable with his role in Buffalo as Ryan Fitzpatrick's backup. And no, he won't be throwing out any "Dream Team" labels regarding the Bills.

Young learned that lesson the hard way in Philadelphia last season, when he was constantly reminded of using the term after the Eagles got off to a dreadful start and missed the playoffs.

"I wouldn't definitely want to make that comment again," Young said, shaking his head with a laugh on Tuesday in his first appearance with reporters since the free agent signed a one-year contract with the Bills. "It was definitely blown out of proportion."

That doesn't mean Young isn't impressed with the talent Buffalo has added this offseason in a bid to become a contender and end a 12-year playoff drought. One addition the former Titans quarterback is very familiar with from his AFC South playing days is defensive end Mario Williams, the former Houston star pass-rusher.

And Young's eager to serve in whatever capacity — backup, starter, wildcat specialist — to help his new team succeed in opening the latest chapter of what's been an up-and-down six-year career.

"It's a great opportunity to be here," Young said. "All you can do is come in and work. This league is crazy from injuries, all kind of things. I'm not wishing that on (Fitzpatrick). He's our starting quarterback and I'm behind him 100 percent."

Young, who turns 29 on Friday, spoke a day after he arrived in Buffalo, and a little after he held his first on-field workout.

Sipping from a water bottle and dressed in a Bills' red T-shirt, blue shorts and wearing a white team hat, Young said he signed with Buffalo because of the opportunity to play under an offensive-minded head coach in Chan Gailey. He said he's also familiar with the team's first-year quarterbacks coach David Lee, who recruited Young to play at Arkansas.

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