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Bills sign QB Flynn - Lewis expected to play

9:44 AM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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ORCHARD PARK N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills Monday announced the signing of  free agent Matt Flynn in their latest attempt to shore up an injury-depleted quarterback position. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Flynn spent Monday morning in the team's fieldhouse working out in front of team officials. Buffalo (2-4) could be in need of another quarterback after interim starter Thad Lewis sprained his right ankle in a 27-24 overtime loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. Lewis' status is uncertain for Buffalo's game at Miami (3-2) on Sunday. During his Monday media availability head coach Doug Marrone spoke about Flynn after Flynn's workout. "I like him. Again you don't have a lot of exposure right now, it's not like you've gone in and really studied. You're more concerned with the people that are here. Then obviously Doug Whaley and the scouts, they'll look at what's out there and bring people in. Coming in he did a nice job. He worked out this morning for us and looked very comfortable. Obviously good rhythm obviously has experience. We'll come in and start working with him."

Marrone said he feels good about Thad Lewis's chances to play Sunday in Miami. "I feel good, I do. You guys know me now, sometimes I say, 'Hey as a coach you really want them to play' and that's when I'm really not sure. I feel good about him playing, I really do."  Despite extremely limited playing time in the NFL Lewis impressed his teammates including center Eric Wood with his performance in Sunday's game. "He's a confident player and I don't think any moment will ever be too big for Thad Lewis. He's kind of got that cool, calm, collected demeanor about him and he did a great job of kind of weathering the storm when things weren't going great. Cincinnati's defense gave him a couple of opportunities and he really made them pay. Credit him for being prepared yesterday and 24 points wasn't enough. We needed to do more yesterday offensively and we didn't unfortunately."

Lewis was promoted off the practice squad last week to fill in for injured rookie EJ Manuel.

Flynn is out of work after being released by Oakland last week. Despite bouncing around since leaving Green Bay and being recently released by Oakland Flynn said he remains confident in his ability to get the job done. "Obviously leaving Green Bay, I was extremely confident and I don't think that's shaken any. You always have to have inner confidence; I've always been hard headed like that. Always think I can get the job done. There is some games this year that I didn't play my best, we didn't play our best and it's games that you learn from. One game here is not going to affect my overall confidence or effect my belief in what I can do. "

Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel is the only quarterback on the Bills' active roster. Quarterback Dennis Dixon was signed to Buffalo's practice squad last week.

In the first half of Sunday's game the Bills had a first and goal at the Bengals two yard line. The Cincinnati defense stopped them on four straight plays to take over on downs. Fred Jackson got the ball on the first three plays. He took the blame for the failure to score. "That's something that I want to put squarely on my shoulders because I gotta make something happen. As a running back three opportunities to score on the goal line you want to put that on yourself and I didn't get the job done. That's something that I have to be motivated about and make sure it doesn't happen again. Our coaches give me the ball three straight shots at the goal line right there I gotta make something happen."

 

AP

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