The Buffalo Bills have announced that Thad Lewis will get the start in their Week 6 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
After rookie EJ Manuel was sidelined for several weeks after he sprained his LCL on Thursday night football, the Bills were forced to go down the depth chart to choose who would line up under center. On Monday, head coach Doug Marrone told WGR 550 in Buffalo that it would be Lewis getting the start.
Lewis spent the first five weeks of the season on the practice squad, and will therefore need to be signed to the active roster. Lewis jumps over undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, the only healthy quarterback remaining on the Bills’ roster, on the depth chart.
Tuel replaced Manuel on Thursday night, going 8-for-20 passing for 80 yards with a pick-six, and generally looked like a deer in headlights for most of his time on the field. It was obvious to most after that game there was no way that the Bills could go forward with Tuel as the starter, even in the short-term..
The Bills have also expressed interest in a number of other veteran quarterbacks over the weekend, reportedly working out both Pat White and Dennis Dixon on Sunday according to ESPN. Both of these quarterbacks play a similar style to Manuel, and would require limited playbook modification.
According to ESPN, Dixon was sent home following the work outs, but White spent Sunday night in Buffalo. White is scheduled to leave Buffalo this morning for a workout with the Oakland Raiders, but some sources have reported the Bills have indeed signed him after Josh Freeman indicated he was not going to sign in Buffalo.