QB Tyler Thigpen - Free Agent

6-2, 220Born: 4-14-1984College: Coastal CarolinaDrafted: Round 7, pick 2007

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2012 Week 2 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Thigpen continues to serve as the #2 QB and saw limited mop up duty late in the game this week as the Bills ran out the clock.

2012 Week 15 vs SEA (3 / 5 / 30 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Thigpen came in for mop up duty late, completing three passes for 30 yards. Given the score of the game and the timing of his insertion, it was clear Thigpen wasn't inserted for anything more than getting off the field.

2011 Week 11 vs MIA (1 / 5 / 6 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

With the game out of reach, the Bills put Tyler Thigpen and the backups into the game in the fourth quarter. He looked erratic and rusty and was not able to provide any type of spark as his first four passes fell incomplete. Thigpen got to play for two series but the Bills went 3 and out on both of them.

2010 Week 4 vs NE (2 / 6 / 15 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

The Dolphins backup QB saw some garbage time thanks in large part to New England's Special Teams dominance and Henne's critical errors. But he only added to the catastrophe by throwing Miami's 4th INT of the night.

2010 Week 10 vs TEN (4 / 6 / 64 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Thigpen took over the reigns in the 4th quarter. Thigpen has a completely different skillset than Pennington or Henne, as he adds elusivesness and scrambling ability to the mix. He showed it on his impressive touchdown drive that gave the Dolphins a 12 point lead. As the Titans rushed in, Thigpen escaped from the pocket, and made a beautiful on-the-run throw to Fasano for a 31 yard gain. Then he found Fasano again in the end zone on an impressive pass across the middle into very tight coverage. Thigpen showed his quickness again on 3rd down at the end of the game. Facing 3rd and 7, he rolled out and took off for a game-winning first down to ice the game. Thigpen's ability to run makes his play-action passes more deadly and opens the field when he rolls out, as he will require attention from the defense. It's Thigpen's team now, and with a head coach that loves to run trick plays, the addition of Thigpen could open up a whole new set of possibilities for this offense. Thigpen never tried to stretch the field against the Titans, so we'll see in future weeks how well he is able to do that.

2010 Week 11 vs CHI (17 / 29 / 187 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 27 / 0 rush)

He was running wild all night. He had happy feet every time he dropped back. In short he looked like a deer in headlights but it wasn't his fault. The coaching staff in this game should have been fired. You don't take a QB3 that has a limited grasp of the offense and make him drop back to throw the ball the whole game. The game was 6-0 at halftime and Ronnie Brown only had 2-3 carries at that point. How can you do that or draw that game plan up if you are Coach Tony Sporano? It was one of the worst coached football games I have ever seen; and that includes a lot of bad coaches down here in Miami over the past 5-10 years. Thigpen did the best he could but it simply was not going to be enough with a very patchwork OL as well. At one point Miami was down to their only 5 active roster linemen during the game. Very Ugly.

2010 Week 12 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

He came in briefly to run a couple wildcat plays.

2010 Week 17 vs NE (10 / 21 / 169 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

Has the ability to make Miami fans want Henne back in the game. He has a very calm demeanor and does not look like a deer in headlights on the field. That said though, he doesn't make great decision and his mechanics are poor. He can miss wide open WRs as he did this past weekend and also doesn't always seem to realize what down and distance it is. Checking down on 3rd and long all the time is not a great recipe for success.

2009 Week 1 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Thigpen played one series against the Ravens in the second quarter of Week 1. Brodie Croyle was ineffective early so Thigpen came in to try and light a spark for the Chiefs. Thigpen was only given the one series and he ran once for two yards and did not attempt a pass. Odds are that, after Croyle's decent performance after returning, Thigpen will go back to QB3 status.

2009 Week 17 vs PIT (4 / 8 / 83 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Thigpen, the Dolphins third QB, came in for the final quarter, relieving the injured Pat White. He started things off with a laser throw to Anthony Fasano over the middle, giving the Dolphins faithful hope for a comeback. Then he completed a beautiful bomb to Davone Bess. But his luck ended there. Terrible Decision #1: relying on Ted Ginn near the end zone. Terrible Decision #2: forcing the throw, even though two Steelers were draped all over Ginn. The play ended with the expected interception. With under a minute to play, the Dolphins had one last chance, but he made Terrible Decision #3, overthrowing the ball badly, and directly into the hands of a Steelers DB.

2008 Week 2 vs OAK (14 / 33 / 151 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Upon entering the game, Thigpen appeared confident but also seemed nervous. To beat the pass rush, he was taking three step drops and unloading the ball quickly and fearlessly into coverage. As the game progressed he showed slightly better decision making and accuracy. His one shining moment came on a drive late in the game, playing mostly hurry up offense, in which he marched the team 80 yards in under three minutes for the touchdown and two point conversion. The main difference being that he locked onto Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez. He did throw one interception, a pass intended for a triple covered Gonzalez.

2008 Week 3 vs ATL (14 / 36 / 128 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)

Thigpen had a rough day, starting his first NFL game after having come off the bench last week. He struggled to find open receivers until the 2 minute drill to end the first half, in which he found Dwayne Bowe for a touchdown. He was constantly pressured and showed that he can scramble when needed, but was unable to overcome the Falcons tight coverage. The coaching staff showed confidence in him after the touchdown - by leaving him in for the second half -- and he responded with a better second half. On the downside, he threw three interceptions on the day, and they weren't even close to a Kansas City receiver.

2008 Week 5 vs CAR (5 / 10 / 37 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)

Thigpen relieved Huard in the fourth quarter. On a positive note, he was decisive - in sharp contrast to Huard; unfortunately, his decision making was not always sound. He managed to avoid being intercepted, but also spent a lot of time scrambling away from a maddening Panthers pass rush. Oh, and by the way, he was two yards shy of being the Chiefs leading rusher in the game.

2008 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 11 / 76 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 1 rush)

Tyler Thigpen looked very nervous in the pocket. He really looked like he wanted to run first and pass second. Many of his passes went to the turf or the crowd and were not anywhere close to the receiver. He even missed RB Jamaal Charles on a short dump pass when he had little pressure and no one around Charles. His judgment was suspect when at the three yard line he could have thrown the ball away but he ran back to the middle of the field and was sacked for a five yard loss. He had a few attempts that the target was just whoever was closest to the ball.

2008 Week 8 vs NYJ (25 / 36 / 280 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)

Instead of forcing the ball and making mistakes he took sacks. Passing accuracy was very amazing. There were no passes into double coverage, the grass, or the stands. This was not anything similar to the Tyler Thigpen of past games. There were eight different receivers used in Sunday's action. Last week Thigpen looked like he was running for his life. This week he stayed in the pocket under pressure and only ran when it was designed or coverage dictated. It was a good sign for Kansas City today that Thigpen was actually looking like a quarterback. Thigpen also added 20 rushing yards to his totals.

2008 Week 9 vs TB (14 / 25 / 164 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 22 / 0 rush)

Thigpen finished 14 of 25 for 164 yards and one touchdown passing, added 22 yards rushing on six attempts and caught a 37 yard touchdown pass on an end around play out of the wildcat formation. He did most of his damage in the first half where he threw for 125 yards and scored both of his touchdowns, but couldn't replicate that success in the second half.

2008 Week 10 vs SD (27 / 41 / 266 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 26 / 0 rush)

Thigpen did just about all that was asked of him and more in this game, and very nearly pulled off a shocking upset on the road against the defending division champs. Trailing by seven, he led the Chiefs downfield on a sixty yard touchdown drive that would have tied the game if they had opted to kick the extra point. Instead, head coach Herm Edwards chose to borrow a page from the Denver Broncos playbook and go for the two point conversion and the win. Thigpen's pass, with LB Shaun Phillips in his face, was batted down in the end zone by S Clinton Hart and the Chargers escaped with the victory by the thinnest of margins. Thigpen's afternoon started off with a long touchdown pass to WR Mark Bradley, a play that was aided by CB Quentin Jammer stopping in his tracks while in coverage. When Jammer stopped, Bradley ran right by him and easily scored the 30 yarder. Thigpen's entire afternoon was aided by the fact that San Diego, despite changing defensive coordinators over the bye week, still is unable to apply pressure to the quarterback. That gave him more than enough time to repeatedly find TE Tony Gonzalez, WR Dwayne Bowe, and the aforementioned Bradley (those three accounted for 38 passing targets in the game). Thigpen's second touchdown pass was a short look to Gonzalez, who then got a great block from Bradley before turning upfield for the score. The third touchdown was likewise a great individual effort from Gonzalez, who had to fight for the ball in traffic. In addition to the passing numbers, Thigpen also had a long run to close out the first half that was the result of an aborted Hail Mary attempt. Thigpen dropped back to heave a long bomb towards the end zone, but thought better of it and pulled the ball down. He took off for a 22 yard scamper because the majority of the San Diego defense was fifty yards away guarding the end zone.

2008 Week 11 vs NO (19 / 38 / 235 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 45 / 0 rush)

After struggling in his initial start earlier in the season, Thigpen has emerged as a reliable player since he took over in week eight. In his three previous starts, he threw for 710 yards and six touchdown passes with no interceptions. Thigpen kept that interception free streak alive until his final pass of the game on a fourth and ten play. He was forced to throw the ball up in the direction of Dwayne Bowe, but the pass was short and picked off by Usama Young. Thigpen had thrown 161 passes without an interception prior to that play. Thigpen completed only 50 percent of his passes in the game, but still threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He was also effective with his feet, running three times for 45 yards, including a 32 yard scamper on a well executed quarterback draw. The play set the Chiefs up at the Saints' three yard line. Two plays later, Thigpen found Dwayne Bowe for a touchdown to cut the Saints' lead to seven points. Thigpen also twice set up big plays by rolling out and throwing on the run. In the first half, he bought time and found Will Franklin open for a 42 yard gain. Later, on a very similar play, he hit Mark Bradley for a big gain.

2008 Week 12 vs BUF (17 / 31 / 240 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 29 / 0 rush)

Thigpen has tremendous mobility which creates many problems for defenses. Not only can he roll away from pressure and throw on the run but he can tuck the ball and become a running back. He gained 29 yards on just three carries, but he also completed 17 of 31 for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie CB Leodis McKelvin picked him off twice and returned one for a TD. Thigpen also fumbled the ball without getting hit which Buffalo recovered. If your league doesn't penalize for turnovers Tyler Thigpen had a very good game. If you count the fumble and the two interceptions, not so much. Thigpen is making a bid to become the Kansas City starter next year in the new spread offense. With two tight end sets and three receiver formations, the idea is to keep defenses off balance. In his first five games as a starter, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and averaged over 240 passing yards per game.

2008 Week 13 vs OAK (15 / 22 / 162 / 0 / 1 pass, 11 / 48 / 0 rush)

Thigpen looked very efficient when passing to Tony Gonzalez, but did not create many passing plays with other receivers, except for a crucial third down pass late in the game that was caught by Dwayne Bowe. Thigpen relied on short passes with receivers other than Gonzalez, and seemed more comfortable relying on his feet to make big plays if Gonzalez was not open. He also benefited by some excellent catches by Gonzalez, who bailed him out on a couple passes that floated and could have been knocked away or intercepted. Even the pass to Bowe was close to being deflected, but to Thigpen's credit, he did not waver in his decision to throw to Bowe when he was able to get open, and that play helped seal the victory.

2008 Week 14 vs DEN (17 / 32 / 187 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)

Thigpen completed just 53 percent of his passes for an average gain of 5.8 yards per attempt, but with no interceptions earned a passer rating on the day of 70.7. Unfortunately he struggled in the red zone, and was unable to tie the game up late with multiple opportunities to do so from the five yard line. In addition to missing Dwayne Bowe through the air, he also came up just short on a draw play as he was stuffed at the one yard line on fourth and goal.

2008 Week 15 vs SD (19 / 28 / 171 / 1 / 1 pass, 10 / 40 / 1 rush)

Thigpen played a lot better than the statistics indicate. He started off the game exceptionally well, and even the interception wasn't entirely his fault as it was batted up in the air. Thigpen kept the Chargers off balance pretty much the entire game by using his legs to create space and give himself extra time. Head coach Herm Edwards tried all sorts of gadget plays involving Thigpen, even running a college-style option run twice. The first time they tried it, the Chiefs awkwardly picked up a couple of yards on a pitch to Larry Johnson. But on the second one, Thigpen kept the ball and was flattened by 350 pounds Jamaal Williams. They didn't run any more options after that. Williams was also responsible for getting a hit on Thigpen's hand late in the third quarter. He was seen grimacing and shaking the hand, but it was difficult to tell if it affected him much afterwards as he threw just two more passes the rest of the way (both completed for short gains). Thigpen's rushing score came on a draw from the three yard line. The Chiefs had spread out five receivers across the formation, and the call for a draw seemed to be obvious to everyone except the San Diego defenders.

2008 Week 16 vs MIA (20 / 41 / 320 / 2 / 3 pass, 6 / 57 / 1 rush)

QB Tyler Thigpen played hard but was very inaccurate and threw three interceptions in the loss. Thigpen's passes seemed to be drifting and sailing which could have been a consequence of the gusting winds inside the stadium but he under threw his deep receivers regularly and threw into double coverage too often. Thigpen also continued to demonstrate his exceptional running ability. He runs well but may take too much of a beating from it. He also muffed a snap and a handoff to RB Larry Johnson but was able to turn both into gains on the ground himself. One of Thigpen's interceptions came at the Dolphins' five yard line at a critical point in the second half.

2008 Week 17 vs CIN (19 / 36 / 191 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Thigpen finished with a passer rating of 68.2 by completing 53 percent of his passes for an average gain of 5.3 yards. Thigpen struggled to come from behind in this game, perhaps due to the Bengals focus to stop Tony Gonzalez and keep Dwayne Bowe from getting down the field, the two players which Thigpen was focusing upon.

2007 Week 13 vs SD (2 / 6 / 41 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Making his NFL debut, Thigpen entered the game late for the injured Damon Huard, who left after hurting his hand in the fourth quarter. Thigpen's first pass of his career was a crisp, 22 yard slant to WR Dwayne Bowe. That would be the end of Thigpen's highlight reel, however, as he finished up 1-5 for 19 yards and an awful interception on the remainder of his passes.