ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills made several roster moves on Tuesday as they gear up for Sunday's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Bills signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad after Thad Lewis was promoted to the 53-man roster to start Sunday against the Bengals. Dixon has spent time with Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia, starting three of four career NFL games. He completed 35-of-59 passes for 402 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
The Bills also signed linebacker Ty Powell and promoted defensive back Brandon Smith to the 53-man roster. To make room for the changes, linebacker Marcus Dowtin and defensive back Johnny Adams were released.
The players were off on Tuesday -- they'll return to the practice field on Wednesday with a visit from the Bengals on the horizon. It could pose a huge test for Lewis, just brought up from the practice squad to make his 2nd NFL start.
In facing Cincinnati, Lewis will be looking at a defense that kept Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in check earlier this year and shut down Tom Brady just last week. It poses the question: if the Bengals can do that to the league's elite at the position, does it intimidate Lewis?
"Not at all. This is the NFL; you’re going to face the best of the best every week. They could’ve done it to anyone. Obviously they had a great game plan going in to that game and was able to get to Tom Brady as much as they did."