Thad Lewis

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Thad Lewis
Thaddeus Lewis.jpg
No. --     Free Agent
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-19) November 19, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Opa-locka, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Hialeah-Miami Lakes
College: Duke
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2012 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2008, 2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Pass attempts 189
Pass completions 115
Percentage 60.8
TD-INT 5-4
Passing yards 1,296
Passer rating 81.4
Stats at NFL.com

Thaddeus Cowan "Thad" Lewis (born November 19, 1987) is an American quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Duke.

Lewis has also played for the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Lewis played at Hialeah Miami Lakes High School under coach Jerry Hughes. As a senior, he was evaluated as the nation's 10th-best dual-threat quarterback and 65th-best quarterback overall. He led his team to the state playoffs that year, passing for 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions.[1]

College career[edit]

Lewis played college football for the Duke Blue Devils. While at Duke he set school records for career passing touchdowns and career passing yards. He also set Duke's school record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception, 206.[2] During his four years as a starting quarterback, he threw for 10,065 yards, 67 touchdowns and 40 interceptions, and ran for 9 touchdowns.[3]

During his senior season Lewis was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, presented to the nation's top quarterback.

  Passing Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Att Yds TD
2006 Duke Blue Devils 12 106.9 340 180 52.9 2,134 11 16 99 -74 1
2007 Duke Blue Devils 12 125.7 360 199 55.3 2,430 21 10 96 -148 2
2008 Duke Blue Devils 11 123.0 361 224 62.0 2,171 15 6 69 96 2
2009 Duke Blue Devils 12 134.5 449 274 61.0 3,330 20 8 86 48 4
Totals 47 127.69 1,170 697 59.4 10,065 67 40 350 -78 9

Professional career Statistics[edit]

  Passing Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Att Yds TD
2010 St. Louis Rams 0 - - - - - - - 0 - -
2011 Cleveland Browns 0 - - - - - - - 0 - -
2012 Cleveland Browns 1 83.3 32 22 68.8 204 1 1 1 3 0
2013 Buffalo Bills 6 81.0 157 93 59.2 1,092 4 3 24 52 1
Totals 7 82.2 189 115 60.8 1,296 5 4 25 55 1

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Lewis signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent soon after the 2010 NFL Draft.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

The Cleveland Browns claimed him off of waivers on September 4. Lewis was later waived by the Browns on October 11, 2012. He was signed to the practice squad on October 13, 2012. He was again added to the Cleveland Browns active roster December 24, 2012 after injuries to Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy.[4] He made his first career start when the Browns took on the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 30, 2012 and completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Notwithstanding Lewis' performance, the Browns lost 24-10.[5] This performance is particular noteworthy due to his strong performance against the first ranked defense in the NFL during the 2012 season.[6]

Lewis was waived by the Browns on May 22, 2013.

Detroit Lions[edit]

The Detroit Lions claimed him off waivers on May 28, 2013. He looked to compete with 2012 UDFA, former Heisman finalist from Boise State, Kellen Moore for the 3rd quarterback position.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On August 25, 2013, the Buffalo Bills traded linebacker Chris White for Lewis, due to the mounting quarterback injuries for the Bills.[7] He was released on August 31, 2013 and signed to the practice squad September 1. On October 7, 2013, coach Doug Marrone announced on WGR Radio 550 that Lewis was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad after an injury to EJ Manuel and started week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals over undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel where he had two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. The Bills lost the game in overtime by a score of 27-24.[8]A week later on October 20, 2013, Lewis earned his first career victory against the Miami Dolphins by a score of 23-21. He then lead the Bills to their second victory as the starting quarterback in a shut out victory against the division rival Miami Dolphins in Week 16 to the score of 19-0. The loss would be a major factor for the Dolphins in not making the playoffs since they needed to win one of their final two games for a wildcard spot - they ended up losing all two. Lewis finished the season with a 2-3 record as the Bills starting quarterback. On August 26, 2014, he was released from the Bills.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thaddeus Lewis Bio Duke Sports Information, accessed September 2, 2013
  2. ^ Thaddeus Lewis Bio Duke Sports Information, accessed September 2, 2013
  3. ^ Thaddeus Lewis Stats Sports-Reference.com
  4. ^ Associated Press (2012-12-26). "Browns ink QB Johnson; Weeden, McCoy miss practice". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  5. ^ "Thad Lewis gets first NFL start at QB for Cleveland Browns". National Football League. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Steelers Number one Defense of 2012". National Football League. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  7. ^ Pelissero, Tom (2013-08-25). "Bills sign QB Matt Leinart, trade for Thaddeus Lewis". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Aaron (2013-09-01). "Bills add five to practice squad". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 

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