The constantly shifting quarterback situation in Buffalo has taken a rather predictable turn. After being thoroughly outplayed in the Buffalo Bills‘ final meaningless preseason game against the Detroit Lions, QB Matt Leinhart was released on Friday.
This move comes as no surprise following an almost unwatchable performance from Leinhart on Thursday night. Of course, it’s worth noting that Leinhart had all of 72 hours with the playbook before he was asked to step in as the Bills starting quarterback, but that doesn’t change the fact that every aspect of his game looked sloppy. Unfamiliarity with the offense does not explain poor footwork, mechanics, pocket presence or decision making. Leinhart finished with 11 total yards on 3-of-10 passing with two interceptions, and somehow managed to look even worse than that stat-line sounds.
As if to demonstrate just how poor Leinhart’s performance truly was, fellow three-day veteran Thaddeus Lewis came out and had a reasonably good game under the same set of circumstances. Lewis made plays with both his legs and arm, and even threw a nice looking touchdown pass to Marcus Easley late in the game.
The Bills wrapped up their preseason with a cringe-worthy showing against the Lions backups, but it wasn’t a complete waste. The team was able to shed a bit more light on their admittedly hazy quarterback situation and confidently trim one more player from the roster. Meanwhile, Leinhart did absolutely nothing to advance the reputation of ex-USC quarterbacks. This one was an easy call for the Bills.