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Thigpen thrilled to reunite with Gailey

Soon after the NFL lockout was lifted, one of the first persons quarterback Tyler Thigpen spoke with was Bills coach Chan Gailey. Thigpen's relationship with Gailey -- which goes back to their days with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 -- is one of the main reasons why the free agent quarterback signed with Buffalo.

"I just felt like it was a great opportunity out here already knowing the system," Thigpen said. "I got a look at the playbook, first meeting, it felt like second nature to me. I was in it for a year and a half with Chan before he chose to step down as offensive coordinator. It's real simple cause you can only run a curl one way but you can call it so many different ways. It's definitely an advantage for me coming in here knowing the offense already."

Thigpen enjoyed his best season under Gailey in 2008 when he threw for 2,608 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 starts with the Chiefs.

"For the most part offensively, I feel like Chan was able to put us in the right place," Thigpen said of playing under Gailey. "We had our running backs making plays for us. For the most part, when you put up so many points on offense and the defense can't stop the opposing team, what good is that going to do at the end of the day? We go back and forth and that one time they stop you on offense, but our defense can't stop them that one time, they're going to outscore you." He said his game grew after working with Gailey.

"I definitely feel like I'm a better football player, I know the game," said Thigpen, who played the last two seasons in Miami. "It was my second year with Chan and I really didn't feel like I had that much coaching going in that year with Chan. No disrespect to any of those coaches but when I got to Miami, QB coach David Lee did a really good job of helping me understand the game. I give a lot of credit to [Chad] Pennington and [Chad] Henne, too. Those guys helped me out a lot."

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Second-year wide receiver Marcus Easley is out indefinitely after hyperextending his left knee during the first day of camp on Saturday.

"He hyperextended it and you can see it on the film plain as day," Gailey said. "It could happen to anybody."

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Neither of the Bills top three picks -- Marcell Dareus, Aaron Williams and Kelvin Sheppard -- finished practice on Sunday.

Gailey said Sheppard seemed to be the worst of the trio with what is initially being diagnosed as a hamstring injury. Dareus suffered cramps while Williams was accidentally kicked in the head during 11-on-11 drills. Neither injury appears to be serious.

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Second-year linebacker Arthur Moats has worked on the inside for the first two days of camp.

Moats was moved inside because coach Gailey likes the prospects he has at outside linebacker and he wanted another young player to develop on the inside of the team's 3-4 scheme. Also Gailey said he has a better chance to be an impact player at middle linebacker.

"At 6-foot, he would never be the prototypical guy outside," Gailey said. "Athletically, he's going to be fine, that's not the issue, it's just learning and having the instincts inside to do all that stuff."

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Gailey mentioned on the first day of camp how the timing was off on deep ball in the passing game but a lot of it had to do with the layoff, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said.

"Those are things that will come," he said. "It's me putting the ball out there too long. It's guys on their third rep or who just got finished running a deep route. It's also guys who are little heavy in the legs or just off on their timing."

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The Bills claimed defensive end Lionel Dotson off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. Dotson was released Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Arizona product originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft selection by the Dolphins in 2008. To make room for Dotson, the Bills released defensive end Jordan Topp.

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