Quarterback-needy Bills sign Matt Flynn
Earlier Monday, the Bills brought Flynn in for a workout after learning that Thaddeus Lewis – already filling in for rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel – has a sprained right knee. Lewis suffered the injury while serving as the Bills starting quarterback in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game, he was spotted wearing a walking boot on his right foot.
X-Rays and MRIs on Lewis’ knee came back negative on Monday but his status for this Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins remains uncertain. However, Bills coach Doug Marrone is optimistic that Lewis will be able to play when the team travels to Miami this week.
"I feel good, I do,” said Marrone. “You guys know me now, sometimes I say, 'Hey as a coach you really want them to play' and that's when I'm really not sure. I feel good about him playing, I really do."
In his limited NFL playing time since being activated off the practice squad last week, Lewis has impressed his teammates with his performance in Sunday’s game that nearly helped them beat the Bengals.
"He's a confident player and I don't think any moment will ever be too big for Thad Lewis,” said Bills center Eric Wood. “He's kind of got that cool, calm, collected demeanor about him and he did a great job of kind of weathering the storm when things weren't going great.
“Cincinnati's defense gave him a couple of opportunities and he really made them pay,” Wood continued. “Credit him for being prepared yesterday.”
But Flynn could be the next option for the Bills following his strong workout on Monday that sold the team on the former Oakland Raiders quarterback.
"I like him,” Marrone spoke of Flynn’s workout for the team. “Coming in he did a nice job. He worked out this morning for us and looked very comfortable. Obviously good rhythm obviously has experience. We'll come in and start working with him."
Flynn was recently released by the Raiders after he failed to win the starting job and fell to the third spot on the depth chart behind starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor and undrafted free agent Matt McGloin. He started only one game for the team, in the Week 4 loss for the Washington Redskins, when he threw for 227 yards, a touchdown and a pick but was also sacked seven times.
"I'm happy I'm getting a fresh start," Flynn said Monday. "One game isn't going to affect my overall confidence or my belief in what I can do."
“I’m happy I’m getting this opportunity with the Bills, and I’m excited about it. And hopefully it works out."
The Bills will be Flynn’s third NFL team since December, after the Raiders acquired him in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks this past offseason. Flynn lost the quarterback battle in Seattle to Russell Wilson.
The Redskins also have undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel on the active roster but he struggled taking over for the injured Manuel in the Week 5 loss to the Cleveland Browns. So Jeff Tuel will likely serve as a backup against the Dolphins. The Bills also signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad last week.