The main backup to quarterback EJ Manuel in 2013 is now out of a job.
Just two days before the team's preseason finale, the Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Thad Lewis from the roster on Tuesday. Lewis had been in a battle with second-year quarterback Jeff Tuel all summer to be Manuel's backup in 2014, but struggled so much that the franchise decided to look elsewhere.
"It's tough," head coach Doug Marrone said. "Thad, think about it this time last year, he just arrived and really did a nice job for us. He went in there and played his butt off and I don't think anyone would ever question how tough he is and the job that he's done. He won a couple games for us and we were hoping that that would be the case this year. But in our opinion, we have to go out there and get someone better."
The Bills had the flexibility to release Lewis once they brought in former Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer, who will sign with the team according to a league source. Palmer will compete with Tuel to be Manuel's primary backup for the upcoming season.
Lewis started five games for Buffalo in 2013 while Manuel had to sit due to knee injuries. He went 2-3 with both his victories coming against the Miami Dolphins.
The Bills initially acquired Lewis in a trade with Detroit shortly before their final preseason game in 2013. He was added to the practice squad for the start of the regular season, activated upon Manuel's injury against Cleveland in 2013, and then was immediately placed in the starting lineup.
With the corresponding moves, the team's active roster remains at 75.
Why don't the Bills sign someone like Kyle Orton, who we would at least have a chance with. EJ is certainly not ready (if he'll ever be), as well as any of the other QB's we have.
Who buys the tickets Mr Baloney?
Baloney Marrone is unhappy about the backup quarterbacks? Well, I'm unhappy about the starter. Good debate. Cut one backup that blowed and sign another one that blows. I think the starter blows and yes the starter is still here. Just not gonna buy tickets no moe until we get a new starter. I win the debate. My wallet stays full. It's time to wait to see who the new owner will be to begin the firings. Russ, Whaley, and Baloney and his staff, GONE. Hope the new owner will bring in Polian so the train wreck can be finally moved to the junkyard. I had it whats happenin' here. Fedd up.
The Bills will do anything to protect EJ from competition
The signing of Palmer confirms that the Bills are doing their level best to ensure that there's no choice but to stick with EJ even if he's terrible this season. Our backups here won't see the field unless EJ's injured. And given the likelihood of that happening after what we saw last season, it's a very poor strategy.
Why does Tuel stay?
What does this GM and coaching staff see in Jeff Tuel? I'd rather have the guy that actually helped us win 2 games last year.
Commitment to Mediocrity
Yes, he has struggled in the pre-season this year. But he was the only half-decent quarterback on the squad last season, when the games actually counted. Manuel was always hurt and inconsistent, and Tuel was, well, I won't go there. In short, in the games that mattered, I thought he had proved himself well enough to at least be a backup. I can't believe I'm saying this, but somebody call Tim Tebow. Before you shoot down this suggestion, ask yourself if Tebow is seriously any worse than what we have now.
He'll be missed big time
no tuel good enough in shed
why are they keeping tuel???
Thad > EJ
Dumb move. Released the wrong guy.
They are keeping Tuel because he is the best QB on the roster. Unless Palmer is better. That remains to be seen. It sure as hell aint EJ.
Bills can't find a star QB...
if one was stuck to the broad side of a barn. This organization has not had a decent QB in over 20 years...since Kelly. The management here is beyond blind.
no loss; he sucked anyway
Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow? Can't we bring anyone else in to challenge for the starting QB position? I understand that the Bills management are trying to protect Manuel due to being a 1st rounder and all, but it is clearly evident to everyone in the league that EJ is not a starter in this league. Although there aren't many good options available, these can't be any worse than what we have now.
Radio hosts have run their course....
Buscaglia rips EJ on a regular basis and now Mike Schopp sounds like he drank a gallon of sour milk. Good grief!
Should have dumped Quanjo , he stinks
Bring back JP lossman
JP isn't afraid to throw deep.
Marrone is inconsistent
I don't understand how he can be so critical of everyone else, and yet says nothing about how bad EJ is. I get that he isn't ready to start and that someday he may be good, but I have seen no evidence of that yet. In fact I really don't think he will ever be good. He just doesn't seem to have it. Unscientific I know, but that is what my gut says. He needs time to develop before he should be considered for a starting position. We are loaded with talent now and we will still be mediocre at best. Sad. Marrone, please wake up and do something to get a better QB - you are the only one that can't see that EJ just isn't ready. Its not your fault Kolb got hurt and forced you to start EJ. But it is your fault not to at least try to get a better QB, because it is very clear that he just isn't ready. Maybe you are trying and don't want to publicize it. If so that's good; just make it happen! And while you are at it, pick an O line and stick with them. They need time together.
you are insane
If you think Tuel is better than Manuel. Manuel can get to the redzone and get at least field goals. Tuel will get to the redzone and give the ball to the opposing d. Tuel sucks.
Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow?
Are you nuts? You already got a QB who can't throw.
YYou're right about "Quan Joe"
They'll stick with him too (re: EJ). God forbid if you were to admit your mistakes.
well it's about time.
lewis heart was in the right place but that was it. i hope he find another team to be on as a backup. but as far as being a starter it will never happen. Although a lot of people don't know to much about palmer. He is an up grade at the position i just hope this work out for the better. Hey palmer my family in chicargo told me you were the man. Please show us what you got. and good luck on making the team. Lets go ruff buff.
I got 20 bucks that Palmer eventually starts and keeps it.
Troy Aikman went 0-11 with 9 Tds and 18 interceptions. Obviously they saw a reason to keep him much to the Bills chagrin. Jeff Tuel may make mistakes but has the ability to make all throws and is not afraid to do it. Manuel is worried about making a mistake, so it hold the ball too long and throws late. Enough? Or wait and see. Trent Edwards 2.
Absolutely NOT. This is a Joke now, why make it worse.
Honestly Tuel is awful. I dont get why the Bills think so highly of him. Thad had some talent and I dont know about Palmer. And what about Dennis Dixon?
EJ BILLS temp qb
ej is not going to last more than 4 games
You know, I've never thought Tebow was given a real chance to start in camp and lead a team through a season. Certainly not the chance Manuel's had, and where are we with him? So Tebow throws funny (apparently). Can he lead a team? Sometimescharacter carries the day, but I don't think we'll ever find out.