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Bills 'taking a shot' on Logan Thomas after switch to TE

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Logan Thomas will get a shot to carve out an NFL career thanks to a position switch.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Virginia Tech product was originally drafted as a quarterback by the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. He's now a tight end.

The willingness to switch positions gave Thomas options.

On Monday, Thomas signed with the Detroit Lions' practice squad after making the switch to tight end. On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills officially announced they signed him to their 53-man roster.

Bills coach Rex Ryan admitted Thomas is a long-term "project" but the team is enticed by his size and athleticism.

"We're just taking a shot on this young man," Ryan said Wednesday.

When Thomas entered the NFL some teams viewed him as a tight end. After failing to hang on as a quarterback with the Cardinals, Dolphins and Giants, Thomas admitted a position change was his best shot as at an NFL career.

"I mean, it's been two years, 2.5 years, I guess, and not much has built for me," Thomas said Monday, via the Detroit Free Press. "I've been blessed with a lot of opportunity and the size, speed and athleticism that I was given to by God. Me, my family and people representing me felt like it was time to make the move."

The success of an athletic player like Terrelle Pryor moving from quarterback to pass-catcher has been instructive for Thomas. Position switches are notoriously difficult in the NFL, but Thomas has the size and potential the Bills felt was worth a roster spot.

Even if it doesn't work out, at the very least welcoming a position change allows Thomas to pick up a roster paycheck for as long as he hangs on in Buffalo.

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