Former Duke Quarterback Thad Lewis Gets His Shot

thaddeuslewisFormer Duke Football player Thad Lewis has finally earned another shot in the NFL thanks to injuries in Buffalo.

The former Blue Devils quarterback will get his second career start first with the Bills, ¬†following the injury to starter EJ Manuel, who sprained a ligament in his knee during the Bill’s loss Thursday night to the Cleveland Browns.

Manuel who replaced Kevin Kolb, who was put on season ending injured reserve following another in a series of concussions, is expected to miss at least two weeks. Instead of going with Jeff Tuel who was already on the roster, the Bills opted to sign Lewis off the practice squad where he had been since the end of the preseason.

Lewis was sharp in the preseason completing 31 of 43 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bills stated that they made the move to protect him from potentially landing somewhere else.

The former Duke standout has been on three different NFL teams following his graduation. He was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams and spent two season there before being released and signed by the Cleveland Browns. Lewis started one game last season for the Browns due to injury and played reasonably well against a respectable Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

Lewis completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed one time for three yard. Seen as a solid potential backup by many scouts, Lewis, like many other quarterbacks who are a bit on the shorter side, has often been overlooked.

His college coach David Cutcliffe who is just a bit famous for his tutelage of a couple famous NFL quarterbacks named Manning has always said he felt Lewis could play in the league.

Lewis gets his chance this week against the Cincinnati Bengals, and while he is not likely to supplant EJ Manuel when he returns from his injury, he could be auditioning for future opportunities in the league.

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