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Ryan Lindley | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 232
College: San Diego State

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Patriots waived QB Ryan Lindley.
Lindley is no longer needed with Tom Brady's suspension lifted. The Patriots will carry only two quarterbacks. Sep 4 - 5:27 PM

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Patriots signed QB Ryan Lindley to a one-year contract.

Matt Flynn couldn't get over his pre-camp hamstring pull, so he loses his No. 3 job. If Lindley can keep his head above water, he could serve as Jimmy Garoppolo's backup while Tom Brady is suspended. Or maybe he'll just hang on the roster until Flynn gets healthy. Lindley appeared in nine NFL games (six starts) for the Cardinals over the last three years, completing just 50.8 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Aug 10 - 9:06 AM

The Cardinals are not tendering restricted free agents QB Ryan Lindley and NT Alameda Ta'amu.

Combined with Dan Williams' unrestricted free agency, the Cardinals' decision to move on (at least for now) from Ta'amu leaves their nose tackle depth chart barren. Lindley is 25 years old with a strong arm, but he's one of the least accurate passers to set foot on an NFL field in recent memory.
Mar 6 - 2:20 PM

Ryan Lindley completed 16-of-28 passes for 81 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Cardinals' 27-16, Wild Card loss to the Panthers.

He took four sacks for 31 yards, and the Arizona offense amassed just 77 total yards of offense. That's the worst mark in the history of the NFL playoffs. Predictably, Lindley was terrible all game, having no clue what was going on around him, forcing passes to his first read, and committing back-breaking turnovers. Logan Thomas' lone practice as the starting quarterback a couple weeks ago must have been truly awful because it's hard to imagine worse quarterback play than Lindley. Signed off the Chargers' practice squad after Carson Palmer wrecked his knee in November, Lindley needs to find another career path. His days as an NFL player are likely over.
Jan 3 - 7:57 PM

Ryan Lindley completed 22-of-39 passes for 316 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians caught a lot of flak for attacking the Seahawks' defense aggressively, allowing Lindley to pile up over 40 pass attempts in last week's loss. Arians stuck with his plan against the 49ers, allowing Lindley to sling it all over the field. It worked early in the game as Lindley twice found Michael Floyd for long first-half TDs, but fell to pieces as Lindley turned the ball over to kill Arizona's chances. The Cardinals will be Wild Card round underdogs to the red-hot Panthers, who will host next week's playoff game.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:33:00 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to go back to Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

According to's Darren Urban, the decision comes after Logan Thomas got off to a "seriously shaky start at practice." It must have been as shaky as you can get, as Lindley appeared completely overwhelmed in Arizona's Week 16 loss to the Seahawks. Things won't be much easier against a 49ers team that will likely be going to bat for coach Jim Harbaugh in what is expected to be his final game at the helm. The news has little effect on the rest of Arizona's skill players, as the offense was going to be a disaster either way. Lindley can be completely ignored in DFS leagues for Week 17.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Ryan Lindley completed 18-of-44 passes for 216 yards and an interception in Sunday night's Week 16 loss to Seattle.

Lindley predictably struggled to move the offense, missing open receivers throughout the game. His interception came on a bad overthrow directly to Richard Sherman. Lindley completed only 41 percent of his passes and averaged an anemic 4.9 yards per attempt. With the loss, Arizona drops to second place in the NFC West. The Cardinals are hoping Drew Stanton can return in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 12:18:00 AM

Despite Drew Stanton's (knee) "limited" return to practice, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Friday that Ryan Lindley will start at quarterback in Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Lindley has been beyond horrendous any time he's taken the field in his three-year career. Seattle's fantasy defense should be fired up with excitement.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 02:37:00 PM

Ryan Lindley will be the Cardinals' Week 16 starter at quarterback.

Lindley's four games of starting experience earn him the nod over fourth-round rookie Logan Thomas. However, coach Bruce Arians continues to insist he'll install a "package" of plays for Thomas against the Seahawks. It makes essentially no difference who gets the call against Seattle. Arians' job will be to put as little as possible on Lindley's plate. Depending on how the game unfolds, Lindley could easily be benched for Thomas. Things are highly likely to get ugly for the 11-3 Cardinals.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 02:10:00 PM

Filling in for an injured Drew Stanton (knee), Ryan Lindley completed 4-of-10 passes for 30 yards in the Cardinals' 12-6, Week 15 win over the Rams.

Stanton was injured early in the third quarter. Lindley has been on the roster for just 30 days, but got the call over fourth-round rookie Logan Thomas. It's possible coach Bruce Arians still views Thomas as his No. 2, but didn't want to throw him into the fire on the road against an elite defense. Lindley wasn't anything resembling functional, struggling to command the offense while making poor throws. Although he made four starts for the doomed 2012 Cardinals, he couldn't be considered a competent guiding hand were Stanton done for the season. Whatever happens, the Cardinals are in ridiculously bad shape at quarterback. It's a shame for an 11-3 team.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:44:00 PM

Cardinals signed QB Ryan Lindley off the Chargers' practice squad.

He'll take the roster spot of Carson Palmer, who was officially sent to I.R. Tuesday. Lindley knows Bruce Arians' offense after spending 2013 and the summer of 2014 in Arizona. He was a sixth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 01:46:00 PM

Chargers signed QB Ryan Lindley to the practice squad.

Lindley was waived by the Cardinals last week. A 2012 sixth-rounder, Lindley has NFL size at 6-foot-3, 232 pounds, but that's about it.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Cardinals waived QB Ryan Lindley.

Lindley appeared in just one preseason game, going 8-of-15 for 64 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions against the Vikings. The 2012 sixth-round pick was forced into four desperation starts in 2012, winning one game and compiling a 46.7 passer rating. Lindley has zero touchdowns and seven interceptions in his NFL career, and was predictably behind both Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians openly discussed the possibility of only keeping two quarterbacks on the final roster.

"We're going to keep the best 53," Arians promised. Arians conceded current third-stringer Ryan Lindley has "a strong enough arm," but he's been wildly interception prone in camp. Thrown into the fire as a sixth-round rookie in 2012, Lindley may have emerged with shot confidence. He posted a 0:7 TD-to-INT ratio with 12 sacks absorbed across seven games (four starts).
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 08:21:00 PM

Ryan Lindley was benched early in the third quarter of Week 16 in favor of Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer was claimed off waivers from the Steelers on December 10. Lindley struggled as usual against the Bears, completing just 17-of-30 passes for 141 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Peanut Tillman. Look for Hoyer to close out a disappointing Cardinals season as the Week 17 starter, as well.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 06:29:00 PM

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10Emory Blake
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28Jordan Leslie
29Devon Wylie
30Michael Preston
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34Tom Nelson
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36Levi Norwood
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38LaRon Byrd
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41Josh Reese
42Trevor Harman
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19Jake Murphy
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