Chat: Tyler Thigpen
By Phil Mackey
KFAN dot com
Thigpen doesn't receive much publicity. He's buried
on the quarterback depth chart behind Tarvaris Jackson
and Brooks Bollinger. Thigpen also takes a back seat
to five rookies and a guy who played college football
at Michigan, baseball with the Yankees, and started
a Thanksgiving Day NFL game with the Cowboys.
you stuck around for four hours on day two of the NFL
Draft, there's a good chance you still might have missed
Tyler Thigpen's name. Thigpen won't 'wow' fans with
any particular quarterback skill. He won't launch any
60 yard passes. He won't thread darts between four defenders.
And he won't throw a ball into a garbage can from 40
yards (he tried a couple days ago, but was unsuccessful).
Unless something crazy happens injury-wise, he isn't
likely to step foot on an NFL field during the regular
when it comes to being a genuinely nice guy, Thigpen
takes a back seat to absolutely nobody. He's laid back,
charismatic, and extremely tolerant if somebody mistakenly
begins an interview by asking about the weather in a
home state that isn't really his home state. Meet the
7th pick of the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft - QB
Mackey: So what's the weather like here
compared to Texas?
You mean South Carolina?
What did I say, Texas?
[laughs] Yeah. Alex Reyes is from Texas. I'm from South
I knew that.
This heat up here, I mean you know
You got your
hot up North and your hot down South, your cold up North
and your cold down South. This is nothin' compared to
the heat that is down South. But I mean, it's still
hot. A lot of people ask me, "Is it hot up here".
I'm like, "Yeah it's hot," but it's not as
humid and everything like it is down South.
You're going up against possibly one of the better and
deeper defenses in the NFL during practice. That can
make things tough on a rookie. How do you feel you are
progressing as a quarterback?
Oh, I feel good. I mean you gotta come out each and
every day and you've gotta get better. It's nice to
be able to go against a defense like ours. It's good
competition goin' against one of the best defenses,
like you said. You know, it's a competition between
all four of us. We're out here having a good time, all
four of us. I enjoy bein' around those other three guys.
Drew, Brooks, Tarvaris. They're a great group of guys.
So do you like training camp?
I mean, it don't matter to me. I guess as a quarterback
you don't do as much as the offensive line and all that.
I mean, not many people like practicing, but it's not
that bad, you know? Bein' a rookie, I'm ready to get
out here. I guess a veteran probably don't like training
camp, but I'm out here to learn as much as I can.
Who's your roommate?
Henson. Drew Henson.
Did you know him very well before camp?
We met during spring training, during OTAs, so we were
able to hang out and talk then. It's nice having a quarterback
in the room, you know, you can talk football with him.
You got a question about a play, you can ask him. If
he's got one, he can ask me.
So what happens after 6 or 7 p.m.? Do you guys go out
on the town in Mankato? Do you guys go out to eat or
We got to get out last night. We just went over to Green
Mill last night, the quarterback group, so we went over
there and had dinner. But if we have mandatory dinner
we usually stay here and eat dinner in the cafeteria,
then we have meetings. Usually when you get out of meetings
you're kinda tired. You study your plays a little more
and you head to bed.
What do they serve in the cafeteria?
Like dorm food?
Yeah, cafeteria food. Dorm food.
A flashback to freshman year?
Yeah, it reminds me a lot of when I was a freshman [laughs].
What's the worst part about training camp? Besides being
a rookie, obviously, and not necessarily knowing everything
about the playbook.
I guess that, just having to learn the plays. I think
that's the biggest learning curve for me, the mental
part. Just having to learn all the plays and know what
each and every person is doing, as well as the offensive
line, but not necessarily the receivers and running
If it was a normal summer day, and you had no training
camp, what would you be doing at 11:00 on a Wednesday?
Watching Judge Judy or something?
Nah, I'd probably be doin' somethin' outside. If I was
down South maybe if I didn't have anything to do, maybe
go out on the boat with some friends. Just hangin' out
and relaxin'. I'm excited to be up here, I'm excited
for this opportunity.
Phil @ PMac@kfan.com