Report: QB Thad Lewis Has Tryout With Eagles

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Part of the process for the Eagles over the next several days will be tracking which players are let go by other teams.

To that end, former Bills quarterback Thad Lewis reportedly had a tryout with the team this week, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Lewis spent two seasons (2011 and 2012) with the Browns when Pat Shurmur was the head coach there.

He started five games for the Bills last year, completing 59.2 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He averaged 7.0 YPA.

In seven career games, Lewis has completed 115 of 189 passes (60.8 percent) with five TDs and four INTs. In the preseason this year, he was 17-for-33 for 168 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bills let Lewis go and signed Jordan Palmer to compete with Jeff Tuel for the backup job.

The Eagles currently have Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley backing up Nick Foles. Lewis would potentially be an option to bump Barkley.

Here’s how Lewis looked from a measurables standpoint when he came out of Duke. He is 29-years-old.

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  • OK, he’s probably a better backup than Barkley. But I still don’t want to trade Sanchez.

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      Didn’t think I’d say it a few months ago, but PLEASE don’t trade Sanchez.

      • TNA

        It all depends on what another team wants to give up for Barkley or Sanchez. If the Browns want Sanchez for a 1st rounder (obvs hypothetical), by all means, get it done. If the Rams want Barkley for a 3rd rounder or one of their stud surplus DL guys, get it done.
        Sanchez’s trade value is at an all time high right now. If there is a chance to capitalize and really improve the team, it’d be foolish to not do it.

        • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

          I agree. I called into Mad Dog radio the other day and said something similar. I made my comment above with the belief that they’re not going to get a 1st or 2nd rounder.

          • TNA

            Actually, why is everyone assuming it’s either Sanchez or Barkley getting traded? Why not trade Foles to the Jets for their 1st and 2nd round picks for the next 1000 years? Maybe re-sign Josey and throw him into the trade to extend the deal to 2000 years.

        • there’s hypothetical and then there’s ridiculous. Nobody is giving up a 1st or 2nd for Sanchez or a 3rd for Barkley. In the world of what’s reasonable, nothing we get for Sanchez will be worth what his value to us could be in ’14

          • Andy

            Nobody? Have you forgotten about the Oakland Raiders?

          • hahaha, yeah. only if they dig up Al Davis.

          • CSpangler

            Pretty sure they are happy w Carr so far.

          • southy

            There is a perfectly reasonable scenario where we get more than his value to us in 2014.
            1) The Rams see him as a potential starter for 2014, whereas we see him as a good backup.
            2) Starters are more valuable than backups, ergo:
            3) The Rams’ value for Sanchez is higher than our value for him.

          • TNA

            Same thinking goes for Barkley. He’s a 3rd string for Eagles. Rams (or some other team) think he could be 2nd string. He’s more valuable to them than to the Eagles. Of course, having guys like Thad Lewis out there hurts Barkley’s trade value.

          • you’re talking money, which is nearly meaningless here, because his compensation is already set.

            There is no way that the Rams will offer a 1st or 2nd round pick for Sanchez. It will not happen. You wanting it to happen doesn’t make it more likely.

            A backup QB is a really important position on a football team. Having a guy who can step in and win games is worth a 2nd round pick (which we won’t get).

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        I hate Sanchez with a passion but I have to admit he’s done a fine job of making me look like a proper wally for hating the signing.

        We’d have to be nuts to trade him now unless someone offers something utterly crazy in a trade.

        • CSpangler

          How can u hate the guy? You dont even know anything about other than what the tabloids write.

    • jabostick

      Agreed! Though I hope/expect Foles to be healthy, with concussion protocols and the like, I wouldn’t find it hard to believe that the backup would play the equivalent of a couple of games. Sanchez looked legit. I would not be comfortable at all with Barkley.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Hard to believe Lewis is 29. That was quick.

    • CSpangler

      Im pretty sure he’s only 26.

      • PaoliBulldog

        You are correct.

  • southy

    “Comparable Players”
    Jared Allen

    Wait what?

    • TNA

      also…Drew Brees! And I didn’t realize Drew Brees and Andy Dalton were so similar!

      Wait what?!?

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Mark Berkeley for a 5th, and call it a day. Eags get down to 3rd qb, wont matter who, chalk up L’s. Heck, i’d carry 2, Brad Smith as an emergency, and have Kinne on practice squad. and hope to high heaven he never needs to play.

  • dislikedisqus

    Barkley might be being traded. Rams?

  • Bryan Clayton

    What a joke

  • TNA

    Terrelle Pryor cut by SEA. Might the Eagles kick the tires on him?

  • JoeKnowsNada

    Yep, Thad Lewis was born 11/1987. He is 26, until later in the regular season, of course. Weird dichotomy in the Scouting reports. College scouting, pre-draft, says his arm is just okay, and at 6’2″, with a wind-up delivery and holding the ball too long, can’t see over the line and gets balls batted down. Not accurate on deep throws.

    Post-draft stuff lists him as more accurate than pre-draft stuff. No mention of problems with deep balls, or batted balls at the line. Go figure.