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Bills sign former QB Logan Thomas to 53-man roster to play TE

One day after the Detroit Lions signed former quarterback Logan Thomas to their practice squad to play tight end, the Buffalo Bills signed Thomas off the Lions' practice squad Tuesday to their 53-man roster.

The Bills must keep Thomas on their 53-man roster for the next three weeks because he was signed off another team's practice squad. He will likely serve as the Bills' third tight end behind starter Charles Clay and backup Nick O'Leary.

"It's been two and a half years of not really getting an opportunity, and I was ready to get an opportunity to play and tried to make the best of what I could do," Thomas said Monday. "I think this gives me the best opportunity to do so."

Thomas was a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2014 after three seasons as Virginia Tech's starting quarterback. Thomas spent the 2010 season as a backup to then-Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who will now throw passes to him as the Bills' quarterback.

Thomas appeared in two games for the Cardinals as a rookie, attempting nine passes. He spent most of last season on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad and had several stints on the New York Giants' practice squad earlier this season.

Thomas said he first worked out for the Lions at quarterback and then tried out as a tight end. He said tight end, a new position for him, is "a completely different language, a completely different move."

"You see things from a quarterback's eyes way different than you did right beside the guys in the trenches," he said. "It's something that you've got to bite your pride a little bit and move on."

Thomas was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech at quarterback, and he had a few plays at receiver for the Hokies during his redshirt freshman year in 2010. He had two career receptions for 11 yards at Virginia Tech and rushed 495 times for 1,359 yards and 24 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback.

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.