ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Many fans were expecting the Bills to add a veteran quarterback, but they've elected to stay in house, and elevate Thad Lewis to the role of starting QB. He takes the roster spot of Dustin Hopkins, who was placed on injured reserve.
Head coach Doug Marrone made the announcement at the team facility Monday. The Bills had worked out free agent QBs Pat White and Dennis Dixon - and were interested in Josh Freeman, who signed in Minnesota. Lewis has started one game in his NFL career - last year for the Browns. He threw for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
"He's been in there. He can run. He can extend plays," Marrone said. "He can run the read option. He can throw the ball extremely well. Having him with us from the time in Detroit until now, he's made some great gains because he knows the whole system. Now, we've just got to fit and game plan what we think he does best."
"You don't just sit there on the practice squad and not prepare as if you are the starter, because that's your job," Lewis said. "This is what you're supposed to do. You have to learn. You have to do the things that you need to do. I've been doing that every week, so it will just be a regular week for me. It's just that I get the chance to start this Sunday."