Matt Leinart got the opportunity to start for the Buffalo Bills against the Detroit Lions in their preseason finale tonight. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
FINAL THOUGHTS: Thank goodness the preseason is over! Buffalo fell to 2-2 on the preseason after losing to the Lions 35-13.
Buffalo’s game against the Lions was rough to watch with two new quarterbacks under center. Matt Leinart was given the chance to start but did not take advantage of the opportunity. Leinart finished the game 3/10 for 11 yards with two interceptions. Thad Lewis took over for Leinart a few minutes into the second quarter and started off slowly. However, by the end of the night Lewis was 7/16 for 132 yards passing with one touchdown. Lewis also added 51 yards on seven carries. When Buffalo trims its roster to 53 players, look for Lewis to be Buffalo’s fourth quarterback after E.J. Manuel, Jeff Tuel and Kevin Kolb.
The big theme of the evening for the Bills were injuries. Three wide receivers suffered injuries: Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley. Luckily, all three injuries were not serious. Goodwin was poked in the eye and did not return, but both Hogan and Easley returned to the game. Easley had the offensive play of the game with a 79-yard touchdown reception from Lewis.
Unfortunately, not all of Buffalo’s injuries were minor. Doug Legursky had to be carted off in the second half with a knee injury. While no word has been given on the severity, the injury did not look good and I’d expect Legursky to be out for some time.
Defensively, Buffalo’s cornerbacks were picked on early and often. T.J. Heath had the worst performance among all cornerbacks, but he was a long-shot to make the roster. Crezdon Butler was picked upon quite a bit in the first half, but he did improve in the second half.
On special teams, Dustin Hopkins made both of his field goal attempts and an extra point. Hopkins did not miss any kicks during the preseason. Cornerback Nickell Robey muffed his second punt of the preseason. Definitely not a good showing for someone fighting for a roster spot.
Perhaps the best news tonight came before the game when E.J. Manuel was seen tossing the ball on the field. When the Bills play the Patriots in Week 1 there’s a chance that the Bills’ first round pick will be under center.