Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- As 2013 has gone along, the Buffalo Bills have been fairly prepared to deal with adversity at the quarterback position.
Through just six games in the regular season the Bills have dealt with multiple injuries to their top two quarterbacks, EJ Manuel and Kevin Kolb, to which one injury claimed the latter's season. With Manuel still on the mend due to an LCL sprain in his knee, the Bills had to play with Thad Lewis as their starter this past week.
Lewis held his own during his Bills debut, but was seen after the game with a walking boot on his right foot. If Lewis has to miss any amount of time, that leaves the Bills with only Jeff Tuel on their active roster and the recently acquired practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon.
Due to all the injuries, the Bills conducted a semi-high profile workout at team facilities on Monday. Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn, once a promising backup that some thought had starting potential, attempted to show his skills to the Bills' decision makers to start the week. The Bills scheduled the workout before they learned of Lewis' injury.
The organization liked what they saw and signed him to an undisclosed contract. To make room on the roster, the Bills placed rookie safety Johnathan Meeks on Injured Reserve with the designation to return.
A former seventh round pick, Flynn started his career with the Green Bay Packers as the backup to Aaron Rodgers and spent his first four years in the league there. Showing ideal timing when Rodgers couldn't play in the final contest of the 2011 season, Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 win over the Detroit Lions in just his second career start.
Three months later, Flynn became an unrestricted free agent and signed a three-year contract with Seattle worth a total of $20.5 million. In his first training camp with the Seahawks, he lost the starting job to rookie Russell Wilson and backed him up for the rest of 2012.
Seattle then chose to trade Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for a pair of draft picks. Oakland sent their 2012 starter, Carson Palmer, to Arizona in a separate trade and Flynn was pegged to start 2013 as the Raiders' top quarterback.
He struggled for much of training camp and into the preseason, and then lost the starting job to the more athletic Terrelle Pryor. Pryor suffered a concussion in Week Three of the season, leading to Flynn starting the team's Week Four contest against Washington. The Raiders failed to score an offensive touchdown in the loss, and the team later announced he had been demoted to third-string duties behind undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. Days later, Flynn was released by the Raiders on October 7.
I don't think Flynn is anything special, but he is a respectable veteran who has shown the ability to be a reliable backup during his career. I think Jeff Tuel is a train wreck, and considering we are 1 injury away from Jeff Tuel stepping on the field again (and Thad is hurt BTW), I'm not against the Bills getting the ball rolling on getting anyone else up to speed on our system, so they can be the plan B (or is it plan E at this point?) instead of Tuel.
vince young is better than any qb we have worked out or have on our roster, but the bills are a losing franchise so they will never go for a winner
Who's next to get a workout?
Put Trent Edwards on the list.
Anyone better than Tuel
At this point, why not just cut Tuel? He isn't going to see time between the sidelines in the NFL for this team ever again. He couldn't hit a wide open mobile home against the Browns and is just a waste of a roster spot. I'd go with a no QB, three back set, 1940's style college football offense before I'd bring him in to the game.
Flynn needs sports therapist
I'm not an expert. I'm just a fan of the game & through fantasy football I obsess a little too much about player news and information. It's my lay-man opinion that Flynn has the ability to be that "Brady" diamond in the rough QB if handled properly. He's been good enough to be a starter at times, but with all the change I think his confidence is slightly shattered. I feel that he is pressing to be more than he has to be to prove that he has been wrongfully passed over. It's just psychological, he needs some therapy to get back on track.
Stay with Lewis!!! He has the potential to energize and excite the team and fans! Sick and tired of leftovers! Let's stop quarterback roulette! How can any QB gain skill & confidence with the rotating QB position that has been going on since Jim Kelly retired??
GIVE US YOUR POOR, YOUR WEAK AND YOUR....
MEDIOCRE! BARFALO: LOSERVILLE, NY, USA!! Where we've got a "PATENT" on LOSING!! Thank you Ralph and "PEGULOSER" for such EXCELLENT choices like Russ "NAPOLI'S" Brandone and Darcy "EUROTRASHLOVER" Regerium! And "Hey! What have I done wrong?" ...You may ELITE ME, EXTEND ME, HIT ME FROM BEHIND, but Please don't block my post. Thank you Sabers.
Yes the Raiders are worse than the bills
Our next savior ............ Flynn????
Hackett take that college offense and leave - your a liability\luxury NFL quarterbacks can't afford if they wish a long career. Right now I'd take a 8 million left guard over an overvalued free safety .... good call Whaley. On the positive side, there's 10 games left and Mario might show up for three of them.
His only chance to play in the NFL and it's in Buffalo. Is mgmt just making it up at this point - last week he wasn't good enough - but now he is.
Flynn was demoted to third-string duties behind undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. Who is Matt McGloin and why did the Bills just sign a guy who was beat out by something called Matt McGloin? Really?
No one Wants Him, But Buffalo Does
.... what does that tell you?
You're all crazy!
Matt Flynn will be a backup. Thad Lewis will start until E.J Is healthy again, which will be sooner than later.Also, Flynn threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in his second start. He backed up Aaron Rogers for 4 years. How many people on this earth could beat out Aaron Rogers for the starting job? Who knows what happened in Oakland, but that team is a mess.Was a good move by Buffalo. Tuel will go to the practice squad, Dixon will be cut, and either Lewis or Flynn will back up E.J- just like it should be.
EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis, Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn
Pretty Solid QB group if you ask me.
Were not Elite, but we do have close to Elite Talent everywhere else...
Look for Jeff Tuel to pack his bags soon. Im happy with these four guys on the team.
Sanity is needed
Let us look at this clear eyed. Bills have lost Kolb to a concussion. Manuel is out with a knee injury. Lewis is in a walking boot. Tuel is a very green rookie. Dixon is a rookie on the Practice Squad. SO the Bills do a smart thing and sign a veteranQB, which many called for after Manuel's injury. Flynn gives them a good back up. Now the Bills get ripped for signing him? There is never satisfying some fans.
Lewis could be the starter if he starts winning? or is Marroney dumber than he looks?
re: EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis, Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn and happiness??
Happy!!?? 2 and friggin 4 and WINLESS in the division, And you're HAPPY!!! All the above are nothing but GARBAGE CANS and you're HAPPY!!?? YOU SHOULD Go to DRUG rehab, soon... idiot.
Re: Losing franchise
If Vince Young is so great why isn't he on another team? You're just an idiot.
They're not fans. They're just complainers. Their lives are miserable.
Message to the Bills: Tell your scouting crew to head to all the grocery stores in America & look for bagboys. Your future QB is waiting.
Flynn, Leinhardt, Young, Jackson,....all the retreads.
Congrats on achieving "2" wins & missing the playoffs again.
I guess they asked about Brady, Manning and Rodgers but they play for other teams. Who would you suggest moron?