The Buffalo Bills have been hit hard in the preseason by injuries at arguably the most important position on offense–quarterback. Yesterday, the Bills took steps to secure their depleted QB depth chart by signing former Heisman trophy winner Matt Leinart, a veteran who has spent time on three different teams the last four seasons.
The Bills only had one active quarterback on the depth-chart after losing E.J. Manuel for the remainder of the preseason with a knee injury and losing Kevin Kolb to a concussion this past Saturday. During the preseason, every NFL team’s worst nightmare is losing a player due to injury. Buffalo will have to head into the season with their starter and back-up quarterback coming off injuries that kept them from getting a full preseason tune-up.
Leinart, who was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft, has yet to live up to the hype he had built coming out of USC. In six seasons in the NFL, Leinart has amassed 4,065 yards, 15 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. The Bills hope he can help steady the position as they await the return of E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb.