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Buffalo Bills news, 10/8: Thad Lewis to start at quarterback

The Buffalo Bills named themselves a new starter at quarterback yesterday. Read all about the roster moves here.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Doug Marrone details how Thad Lewis was named starter -

"Alright, we’re going to have a lot to talk about. I’ve got some things, I’m going to go right down, try to give everyone as much information as possible and then obviously you guys have questions. We’ll try to answer them." That's an opening paragraph, coach. He spoke for eight minutes without fielding a question.

Bills Roundup: Roster Moves, Lewis Named Starter - VIDEO -

"A busy Monday at One Bills Drive featured Thad Lewis named the starting quarterback, an old face returned, and a changing at the left guard."

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Moorman trying to settle back in -
Brian Moorman is staying at Rian Lindell's house. (He sold his to Danny Crossman.) Jeff Tuel gave up his number no questions asked. Garrison Sanborn gave him his old locker.

QB Thad Lewis eager to make the most of opportunity -
"I met with coach and he said, ‘We’re going to start you,’" said Lewis. "And I was like, ‘Okay.’ It’s not something you’re expecting, but it’s something you’re ready for no matter what happens."

Legursky to rotate at LG with Brown -
"We do need to improve our play there," said Marrone. "Doug has come back from an injury. He’s back and that’s going to be an open competition. Both of those players will play at left guard against Cincinnati. How we’re going to do it, we still haven’t finalized that plan whether it’s quarters or series whatever it may be. That we’re going to work out during the week with the players for the best situation for all of us."

Bills claim OL Antoine McClain, release OL Sam Young -
McClain played his college ball at Clemson and will have a couple teammates on the squad.

Inside The Bills | C Wood, G Legursky in their own words
The offensive linemen spoke before practice.

Inside The Bills | Gilmore to have pins removed Tuesday
"I’ll get them out (Tuesday), depends on how my wrist feels, I’ll probably wear a little hard case on it, listen to the trainers and go from there," said Gilmore. "I’m going to practice, see what the coaches want me to do. Take it from there."

Inside The Bills | Where Lewis spent his game days
"It’s benefited me a lot just helping the coaches out with seeing what coverages the teams were presenting to us," Lewis said. "Helping coach Hackett out and letting him know what coverages they’re showing us on first, second and third down. You’ll say, ‘Hey coach they’re playing this against this coverage. This is what we have that might be good.’ I have to pay attention because he would ask me, ‘Thad what do you see out there?’ It was like I was an extra set of eyes in the booth.

Inside The Bills | Marrone talked to Tuel
Marrone: "We really put Jeff out there in the toughest situation we can. A rookie free agent quarterback, who’s had some success in the preseason and taken some snaps, but mentally for me I think that was a tough situation to put him in. Jeff told me he was ready to go, which is what you want from a player."

Inside The Bills | Bills to still add another QB
"We have to bring one in on the practice squad," said Marrone. "We have to bring one in because we need another arm. Someone that maybe we can develop down the road in the future."

Brian Moorman: "I'm ecstatic to be back" - Press Conference
Thad Lewis: "You don't just sit there on practice squad and not prepare" - Press Conference

Thad Lewis will be Bills' 12th starting QB since Jim Kelly - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"The complete list, if you can stomach it: Todd Collins, Alex Van Pelt, Doug Flutie, Rob Johnson, Drew Bledsoe, J.P. Losman, Kelly Holcomb, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm, EJ Manuel and now Lewis. "

Bills release OL Sam Young, claim G Antoine McClain off waivers - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"He spent the 2012 season on the Ravens' practice squad, but was one of the team's final cuts this season after training camp. The Raiders claimed McClain on Sept. 1, but he did not appear in a game for them before being waived Friday."

Bills are in mess of their own making regarding No. 2 QB - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Marrone tries very hard in press conferences. He believes in getting his message through to the fans. He also says the word "obviously" about every other sentence. And much of what he said Monday was quite obvious."

Lewis earns promotion, will start at QB for Bills - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski literally goes through plans A through F as Thad Lewis becomes their sixth option at quarterback this season.

Buffalo Bills returning home, sweet home - ESPN
"We’ll have a great challenge against them, but the great part is we have them at home. That’s been a big difference for us right now," Marrone said. "Our crowd has been outstanding, our players are ready to go, which leads us down the road to I have to get this team playing better on the road."

Buffalo Bills spin Thad Lewis' practice squad status - ESPN
"But the notion that Lewis was somehow "stashed" on the practice squad and that Tuel is a can't-miss prospect are both a little far-fetched. "

NFL Draft Blog: Rookie Review -- Buffalo's Kiko Alonso - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills hit the jackpot at the top of their 2013 draft, especially with second-round pick Kiko Alonso"

Was Thad Lewis the Buffalo Bills' best option at quarterback? - ESPN
"This is the position the Bills are in. If they believe Tuel isn't ready, then Lewis (outside of Josh Freeman, whose price tag may have been too high) is their best option. Or, more accurately, their least worst option."

Bengals vs. Bills: Bills QB Thad Lewis to start against the Bengals - Cincy Jungle
Read what Bengals fans are saying about the move.