Everything Cleveland Browns Fans Need to Know About Thaddeus Lewis

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 28, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 30:  Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis #9 of the Cleveland Browns scrambles for an 18-yard gain during during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Add Thaddeus Lewis to the long list of quarterbacks the Cleveland Browns have started since Bernie Kosar left town. 

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, head coach Pat Shurmur announced that the third-year quarterback will be the starter on Sunday against the Steelers with Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy nursing shoulder injuries. 

With Lewis set to make his first start, here is everything you need to know about him. 

He is a 6'1'' signal-caller from Duke University who has never thrown a pass as a professional. 

While in Durham, he was a four-year starter and, as an individual, had an accomplished collegiate career. He completed a shade above 58 percent of his passes for 10,065 yards with 67 touchdowns and 40 interceptions.

In the process, Duke went from a winless 2006 to winning one game in 2007 to finishing with five victories in Lewis' senior season.  

After going undrafted in 2010, he signed with the St. Louis Rams, but eventually was waived. The Browns claimed him off waivers on September 4, then waived him and moved him to the practice squad. 

This is what NFL.com listed as his strengths the 2010 NFL combine:

Makes solid pre-snap reads and shows the ability to go through progressions. Will check down and make plays when the primary target is covered. Has enough arm strength to put some zip on the ball. Steps up in the pocket and is not afraid to take a hit. Throws well on the run and has deceptive speed.

And his weaknesses:

Does not have the height to see over the line. Wind-up delivery makes him prone to batted balls and interceptions. Holds on to the ball for too long and takes his lumps. Lacks consistent accuracy and throws behind his receivers too often. Does not always step into his throws losing velocity on deep passes.

Making your first start against the Steelers in Pittsburgh isn't an easy task, but it'll be interesting to see how the youngster does in his first shot to make an impression at the NFL level.