Ryan Lindley

Ryan Lindley to start Cardinals final preseason game

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will get the start in their final preseason game in place of Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.

Ken Whisenhunt made it clear that Lindley was not part of the quarterback competition, but this is still a great opportunity for Lindley who could potentially see some action late in the season for the Cardinals. It’s become clear than Kolb and Skelton are likely not the long-term answers in Arizona, so it would not be a surprise to see Lindley get some action if this season slips away from the Cards.

The key to Lindley’s development will be his accuracy. He has the size and arm strength to play at this level, but accuracy has always been an area of concern.

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Draft Grades: Arizona Cardinals

This was a bold draft for the Arizona Cardinals, who acted more like a team on the verge of contention than one in rebuilding mode. It’s a fine strategy if Kevin Kolb works out, but if their quarterback situation remains a question mark, this could set them back.

Michael Floyd was a luxury pick, but does give Larry Fitzgerald the support he needs. It also shifts Early Doucet back into the slot receiver role, which is a better fit for his skill set.

I like the selection of Jamell Fleming inthe 3rd round. He’ll add some much-needed depth to the secondary and potentially compete for more serious playing time as the season wears on.

The Cardinals should have addressed their offensive line issues before the 4th round. Bobby Massie is a right tackle or a guard, and doesn’t provide them a clear upgrade at any position.

Senio Kelemete may compete for a starting job at either right or left guard, but won’t be a significant upgrade at either position. If he wins a starting job, it will likely be by default, more than the fact that he’s actually ready for the NFL.

Justin Bethel is a nice developmental prospect who could potentially play cornerback or safety. He’ll likely contribute on special teams early while they develop him on defense.

Throwing Ryan Lindley into the mix at quarterback doesn’t really solve any problems. Lindley is a developmental prospect with all the NFL measurables, but accuracy has always been an issue for him.

Nate Potter can play tackle or guard and will compete for a backup job.

This wasn’t one of Rod Graves better draft classes. They could potentially come away with three immediate starters (Floyd, Massie, Kelemete) but that speaks more to the lack of depth on the current roster than the strength of this class.

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Ryan Lindley scouting report

Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State #14
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 230

 
Strengths:
Prototypical height and overall size. Four-year starter with plenty of experience. Elite arm strength; can make any NFL throw with ease. Experienced in shotgun and under center. Does a nice job looking off his target; doesn’t stare receivers down. Played under three head coaches and three offensive coordinators, which is likely partially to blame for his limited growth throughout his career; but seemed to handle each transition well. A team leader and hard worker; well respected by coaches and teammates. Understands his weaknesses and is willing to own up to his mistakes; seems to understand what he needs to do to improve – a great sign of maturity.
Weaknesses:
Accuracy is an issue; very inconsistent, and has been throughout his career. Not a great athlete; isn’t a threat to run. Needs to improve his touch; has a strong arm and likes to fire the ball whenever possible; needs to slow things down sometimes. Doesn’t always see the whole field; looks for his first read down field, and when it isn’t there hits his check-down receiver; rarely appears to look at more than two reads, and tends to stay focused on one side of the field. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2008. Played through an ankle injury in 2010.
Comments:
Lindley has a lot of the skills you can’t teach – size, arm strength, leadership – but his accuracy has definitely held him back in terms of his growth as a quarterback. He definitely has the intangibles you want in a quarterback, and is willing to work to improve, making him worth a mid-to-late round selection as a developmental prospect. However, if his accuracy cannot improve, he won’t be long for this league.
Videos:
2011 vs La-Lafayette (bowl game)
2011 vs Michigan
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