WEDNESDAY, 12:30pm: The Texans have made Lewis’ signing official, placing Mallett on injured reserve to accommodate the move.
MONDAY, 6:03pm: Following news that quarterback Ryan Mallett would miss the rest of the season, the Texans have added another signal-caller, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports (via Twitter) that the team has signed Thad Lewis.
The 27-year-old was cut by the Bills in August following only one season with the team. He finished the 2013 campaign with 1,092 yards passing, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also compiled 24 rushing attempts in 6 games, running for 52 yards. While ProFootballFocus’ advanced metrics (subscription required) did not rate his performance positively, he still ranked ahead of some notable starters, including Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Geno Smith.
Lewis worked out for the Rams and Eagles earlier this season. Philadelphia auditioned the quarterback for a second time when Nick Foles went down with an injury, but the team ultimately didn’t add a replacement.
Undrafted out of Duke in 2010, Lewis has bounced around the league, also spending time with the Rams, Browns and Lions.