The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Matt Leinart after injuries to Kevin Kolb and E.J. Manuel, the two competing for the starting quarterback position.
According to WGR 550 Buffalo, they think that the Bills will keep E.J. Manuel, Thaddeus Lewis and Jeff Tuel, place Kevin Kolb on injured reserve and cut Matt Leinart, just days after signing him.
“In order for the Bills not to keep Thad Lewis, they would have to know for a fact by Saturday at 6 pm if either EJ Manuel were ready to play against the New England Patriots or if Kevin Kolb had a miraculous comeback from his most recent concussion. It’s likely there won’t be any certainty surrounding the Manuel situation, which would force the Bills to at least put Kolb on the Injured Reserve with the designation to return and keep Lewis. However, would the Bills really use their only designation to return on their backup quarterback that has no guarantee of making it back? The season-ending I-R might end up being the play.”
Matt Leinart was never brought in to compete for the starting quarterback job and was always an insurance policy. It came down to either him or Thaddeus Lewis going, clearly they’re sticking with Lewis. Leinart lacks mobility and starting-quarterback arm strength.
In Thursday night’s preseason game Leinart went 3 for 10 for 11 yards and 2 interceptions. Thaddeus Lewis completed 7 of 16 passes for 132 yards, and a touchdown.