Matt Leinart cut after zero passer rating last night
On Sunday, following the team’s third preseason game, the Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Matt Leinart. The former tenth overall pick, was expected to compete for the Bills backup job or fight for the third quarterback spot on the roster. Instead, Leniart looked lost last night and finished the team’s fourth preseason game with just three completions on ten attempts and two interceptions.
Leinart’s night was good enough for a zero quarterback rating.
With such a poor showing, it was obvious to the Bills that Leinart was not going to be the team’s backup or third string quarterback.
Because of that, according to Matt Leinart, the team has chose to cut him only five days after signing him.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, Leinart took to Twitter to post “Tough game. Tough situation. No excuses. Thanks [sic] you to the Bills organization!”
The tweet has since been deleted but it appears Leinart’s days in Buffalo are already over.
It makes sense that Leinart would struggle in his first preseason game with a team he is unfamiliar with. While Leinart was never the Pro Bowl quarterback he was supposed to be, he never received a fair chance in Buffalo. It seems unlikely that any quarterback could sign with a team and five days later have a great game running an unfamiliar playbook.
Still, with the impressive performance of rookie Jeff Tuel and the likelihood that E.J. Manuel starts a majority of Bills games this year, it seemed pointless for the Bills to even sign Leinart in the first place.