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Could good day by Lewis cement backup role?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 10:12 am

The Bills plan at backup quarterback entering the 2013 season was Kevin Kolb. With Kolb absent since the preseason Thad Lewis made the unlikely rise up the depth chart from the practice squad to assume the backup quarterback role. Now set to make his fourth start for the Bills today, could a solid performance cement his role as EJ Manuel’s backup QB? asked head coach Doug Marrone how effective Lewis has been this season in proving he can be a reliable backup QB to turn to when EJ Manuel is not healthy enough to play.

“That’s the evaluation (we’re going through) and Thad has done everything he needed to do in the classroom and on the practice field,” Marrone told “He’s a very bright kid. He has good arm talent. He has mobility so he has a lot of things that we’re looking for so again it’s a process with him as well as it is with all of our quarterbacks developing him.”

In assessing some of Lewis’ strengths Marrone pointed to Lewis’ arm and toughness.

“Thad can go back there and throw it. He really can and we all know he’s tough as hell,” Marrone said. “It’s a matter of working with him and make sure he’s quicker with his reads and his decision making. It’s also about the people around him. We always put a lot of pressure on the quarterback to make sure he gets it right. Thad will get it right, we need everyone around him to play up to that level.”

While those answers are not definitive when it comes to where Lewis will sit on this team’s depth chart next year, he is under contract through the 2014 season. It may take a full offseason and training camp for Lewis to prove he deserves the number two spot behind Manuel moving forward.

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