Selected by Buffalo Bills in third round (92nd overall) of 2007 NFL Draft…Signed first contract, July 11, 2007…Waived by Bills, Sept. 27, 2010…Claimed via waivers by Jacksonville Jaguars, Sept. 28, 2010…Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Oakland Raiders, July 30, 2011…Released by Raiders, Sept. 3, 2011…Signed with Philadelphia Eagles, Feb. 23, 2012…Released by Eagles, April 16, 2013…Signed by Chicago Bears, Aug. 18, 2013…Released by Bears, Aug. 30, 2013…Signed by Raiders as a reserve/future free agent, Jan. 2, 2014.
AT A GLANCE:
CAREER: Veteran quarterback returns to the Silver and Black following stints with the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles…Has appeared in 38 games (33 starts) and totaled 6,033 passing yards on 563-of-929 passing with 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions over his career...Owns an 11-2 record (min. 20 attempts) when posting a quarterback rating of 80.0 or higher and is 5-1 when his rating eclipses the 100.0 mark (min. 20 attempts)…In his rookie year (2007), made nine starts – the most of any rookie that year – and earned Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team honors as well as a 2007 Gil Brandt All-Rookie Team selection.
2013 (with Chi.): Spent the latter half of training camp with the Bears after signing with the team on Aug. 18…Was released at the end of camp.
2012 (with Phi.): Spent most of the season backing up Michael Vick and Nick Foles…Appeared in one game, the season finale at NYG, throwing for 14 yards on 2-of-2 passing.
2011 (with Oak.): Was with the Raiders during training camp after signing with the team on July 30…Released in final roster reduction.
2010 (with Buf. and Jac.): Started the season with the Bills before being waived on Sept. 27 and claimed via waivers by the Jaguars the following day, where he spent the rest of the season…Started the first two games of the season for Buffalo, throwing for 241 yards on 29-of-52 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions…Appeared in three games (one start) for Jacksonville, completing 26-of-49 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions…(1/2/11) at Hou.: Made his first and only start with the Jaguars, throwing for 140 yards on 12-of-25 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions.
2009 (with Buf.): Played in eight games (seven starts) and threw for 1,169 yards on 110-of-183 passing with six touchdowns and seven interceptions…Became the eighth quarterback in Bills history eclipse 5,000 career passing yards…Recorded the first back-to-back multi-touchdown performances of his career when he posted two scores on Sept. 14 at New England and Sept. 20 vs. Tampa Bay…(9/14) at NE: Posted his highest quarterback rating of the season (114.1) in the season opener…Threw for 212 yards on 15-of-25 passing with two touchdowns…(9/20) vs. TB: Threw for a season-high 230 yards in the Bills’ home opener, a 33-20 victory…Added two touchdown passes…(10/4) at Mia.: Threw for 192 yards, eclipsing 5,000 career yards in the process.
2008 (with Buf.): Enjoyed the best season of his career, setting career highs in games played (14), games started (14), completions (245), attempts (374), passing percentage (65.5%), passing yards (2,699), touchdowns (11) and quarterback rating (85.4)…Ranked third in the NFL with a 106.3 passer rating in the fourth quarter and sixth in the league in completion percentage (65.5%)…(9/14) at Jac.: Posted a quarterback rating of 119.8, completing 20-of-25 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown…Set a new team record for consecutive pass completions with 16 in a row by starting out 10-of-10…Led the team on a fourth-quarter game-winning drive to seal the victory…(9/21) vs. Oak.: Led the team to a second-straight fourth-quarter comeback, posting 17 points in the final frame to earn the victory…Set a career high with 39 attempts…(10/19) vs. SD: Set a career high with 25 completions and set a Bills franchise record for completion percentage (83.3%) after completing 25-of-30 passes…Added 261 passing yards and one touchdown…(11/2) vs. NYJ: Set a career high with 289 passing yards and completed 24-of-35 passes and one touchdown…(11/23) at KC: Posted a career-high 121.0 quarterback rating in the victory, throwing for 273 yards on 24-of-32 passing with two touchdowns.
2007 (with Buf.): Made nine starts, the most of any rookie that season, and earned 2007 Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team honors and a Gil Brandt All-Rookie Team selection…Became the first Bills rookie to post five victories in a season since 1973…His rookie season ranked second in completions (151), attempts (269), yards (1,630) and touchdowns (seven) at the time…Teamed with RB Marshawn Lynch (1,115 rushing yards) to become just the fourth quarterback-running back duo to reach 1,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season since 1970…(9/23) at NE: Made his NFL debut after the starter, J.P. Losman, was injured on the game’s opening drive…(9/30) vs. NYJ: Made his first NFL start and completed 22-of-30 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown…Completed 78.6% of his passes for the highest percentage of and Bills quarterback in his first start…Became the first Bills rookie quarterback to win his first start since 1973…(12/9) vs. Mia.: Threw for 165 yards on 11-of-23 passing and a career-high four touchdowns…His three first-half passing touchdowns made him the first rookie quarterback to accomplish the feat since 1971.
COLLEGE: Ranked sixth on Stanford’s career record list with 487 completions of 865 passes…Ranked seventh all-time in Stanford history with 5,429 yards passing, 36 touchdowns and 5,628 yards in total offense…His 62.7 pass completion percentage in 2005 remains 10th on Stanford’s season record list…His career pass completion percentage of 56.3 also ranks 10th all-time…Recipient of the Irving S. Zeimer Memorial Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2005…Graduated with a degree in political science.
PERSONAL: Native of Los Gatos, Calif. …Attended Los Gatos High School…Rated one of the top quarterback prospects by almost every recruiting publication in 2001…Named CCS Player of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News, first-team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports, All-League, DeAnza League MVP and All-CSS…Set a state record with a 78.1 completion percentage…Won back-to-back Central Coast Section Division III championships.
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