Bills GM Doug Whaley and head coach Doug Marrone both reiterated EJ Manuel is entrenched as their starting quarterback heading into 2014. Thad Lewis after a late preseason trade moved all the way up from the team’s practice squad to the backup role. With a year left on his contract, where does his performance in his five starts for the Bills leave him on the depth chart?
Whaley was asked specifically about Lewis and his hold on the backup role. Buffalo’s GM left the door open to an addition being made this offseason that could further upgrade the depth at the position.
“We are pleased with Thad. We brought him in on a trade; he came in and was very serviceable,” said Whaley. “We look forward to his further development, but again we will not hold ourselves back from picking a person that would help us take a winning step.”
Knowing the collective lack of experience at quarterback in 2013 for the Bills, which was compromised when Kevin Kolb was lost for the season, Buffalo seems likely to try and add a veteran quarterback to their ranks in the offseason when free agency opens in mid-March, especially if Kolb does not intend to resume his career in 2014.
The free agent pickings however, appear slim with the more noteworthy veteran QBs being Chad Henne and Josh McCown. Jay Cutler is set to become a free agent, but he’s not seen as a realistic option knowing he’ll be looking to start somewhere if it’s not going to be back in Chicago.
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