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Why Are Buffalo Bills Working Out Matt Flynn?

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After the Buffalo Bills‘ heartbreaking loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, word came out that the Bills were going to give Matt Flynn a workout on Monday. The Bills lost rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel for several weeks when he injured his knee last week against the Cleveland Browns. Backup Jeff Tuel, also a rookie, came in and looked lost as he was trying to guide the Bills’ offense.

Against the Bengals, Buffalo started Lewis, whom they activated off the practice squad this past Monday. It was Lewis’ first start and he played great as he put Buffalo in a position to win the game. Buffalo came back from a 24-10 deficit to force overtime before finally falling 27-24. After the game, though, Lewis was seen in a walking boot. He told reporters that the X-rays looked good and that he should be fine.

It’s interesting the Bills are taking a look at Flynn. If Lewis is fine like he says and he winds up starting again next week, why bring in Flynn? The only thing that comes to mind is that they do not feel Tuel is ready for the big time right now. Tuel is an undrafted rookie that Buffalo has as a backup.

Of course, there’s no guarantee Buffalo will sign Flynn, who lost the starting job for the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders, who recently cut the quarterback. It makes sense for the Bills to try him out, but I can’t see him starting over Lewis unless the injury to his ankle is more severe than first thought. Against the Bengals, Lewis seemed to have played himself into a starting position until Manuel comes back from his knee injury.

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