Inside The Bills

Lewis on when & why he throws short of sticks

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2013 – 1:34 pm

There were a few occasions where Thad Lewis threw to receiving targets, who were short of the first down marker on some third down plays. Buffalo on some of those occasions was unable to convert for a fresh set of downs. But Lewis better explains why he chose at times to go to targets short of the markers.

“It’s something where I have to go there when there’s nothing else available past the sticks,” Lewis told Buffalobills.com. “When it’s third down and all the defensive backs are dropping back you don’t want to try to force the ball in there. If I do that then I’m going to have a turnover. It’s better to punt and get field position than a turnover.

“You never know. If I throw a screen or if I throw underneath and one guy misses a tackle that could be a first down. It’s pretty much taking what the defense gives me. I have reads downfield, but if they’re covered I have to take what the defense gives me, live to see another day and guys on that (checkdown) play hopefully we can get it to them the next series.”

The Bills were a very respectable 9-for-19 on their conversions in Sunday’s win (47%).


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