By Jay Skurski
Duke University product Thad Lewis is set to make his second career start Sunday for the Buffalo Bills, when the Cincinnati Bengals visit Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Not that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis cares much about where Lewis came from.
"I don't care where he came from. A lot of our guys came off practice squads, too, so that doesn't matter," Marvin Lewis said. "It doesn't matter how you get here it matters what you do once you're here so we've got to play great football."
The question for the Bills on Sunday is how much of a drop-off there will be from rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel to Thad Lewis, whose one career start came last December with the Cleveland Browns against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Will he be able to make enough plays to prevent the Bengals from putting eight defenders in the box to slow Bills running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller?
"I thought he handled the situation very well, kinda stood in there under quite a bit of duress at times and did a nice job. I think as you go forward he obviously is able to fill in and do the things they want to do offensively, without them having to skip a beat with the loss of Manuel," Marvin Lewis said. "I'm sure probably in their minds to not have to adjust the offense too much and allow the other players to move forward and allow him to run the offense and not have to change a great deal."