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Tyler Thigpen, Brad Smith Make Bills QB Debuts

The big story from Buffalo Bills training camp on Thursday night was the debut of the team's veteran free agent signings. At quarterback, that included two players, one of whom had a strong first night with the team.

After practice, Bills head coach Chan Gailey specifically mentioned new backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen in praising the team's new players on a night filled with big plays, including a few from Thigpen himself.

"I thought Tyler did some nice things for not ever having taken a snap in our offense, at least the one here," Gailey told reporters, who also noted that Thigpen immediately took reps with the second-team offense. "We're trying to get him ready to play. I think I know exactly what Tyler is capable of. We just need to get him enough reps to get there."

Brad Smith, meanwhile, spent the majority of his evening throwing passes, as well, even though he wasn't wearing the standard red jersey issued to training camp quarterbacks. According to WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia, Smith spent time after practice with Thigpen working on throws.