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Ryan Lindley | Quarterback

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 232
College: San Diego State
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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. Aug 31 - 2:13 PM

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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.
Aug 25 - 12:41 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

Ryan Lindley currently holds the NFL record for most passes in a season (141) without a touchdown pass.

Lindley has yet to throw a touchdown and has an appalling bad 45.0 QB rating and 51.1 completion percentage in his first four appearances. If he manages to hold on to the starting job beyond Week 16, it's possible he'll remain scoreless for the entire season. The Cardinals face two top-six pass defenses in the Bears and 49ers the final two weeks.
Sat, Dec 22, 2012 09:15:00 PM

Ryan Lindley will remain the Cardinals' starting quarterback in Week 16.

Coming off his best game of the season — 58.4 QB rating, 104 yards, zero touchdowns and only one turnover — Lindley will attempt to tally his first score against the Bears. If things go as poorly as they should on paper, John Skelton, or perhaps even Brian Hoyer, will get a look under center.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 04:16:00 PM

Ryan Lindley completed just 14-of-21 passes for 104 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Lions.

Lindley tossed just the one pick, so that has to be considered improvement for the rookie. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't ask his quarterback to take any shots downfield, so he was set up to not turn the ball over. His quarterback rating of 58.4 is laughably a season-best. The win will likely get Lindley another start next week against the Bears. Arizona will probably have to peel him off the turf a number of times in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 08:01:00 PM

Ryan Lindley will be the Cardinals' starting quarterback against the Lions.

We don't know how coach Ken Whisenhunt decided between Lindley and John Skelton, but a coin flip was likely involved. Lindley has been uniquely terrible this season, posting an appalling 55.8 QB rating and 48.3 completion percentage. He's turned the ball over seven times, and yet to notch a touchdown. It's quite possible street free agent Brian Hoyer will get the call over Skelton if/when Ndamukong Suh and the Lions send Lindley to the bench.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 03:27:00 PM

Coming on in relief of John Skelton, Ryan Lindley completed 8-of-17 passes for 59 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 14 loss to the Seahawks.

John Skelton turned the ball over five times and was facing a 48-0 deficit before coach Ken Whisenhunt turned to Lindley. It speaks to the state of the quarterback position in Arizona. No matter who starts against the Lions in Week 15, they have almost no shot of effectively moving the ball. Lindley has now completed 48.3 percent of his passes with five interceptions and no touchdowns as a rookie.
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 07:52:00 PM

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt admits he considered benching Ryan Lindley in Sunday's loss.

He should have. Lindley completed a comical 10-of-31 passes for 72 yards. "A couple of times today we had receivers do the wrong things," Whisenhunt said. "Ryan is expecting them to be in a spot. That’s some of it. It was a combination of everything today — protection, routes, quarterback. He missed some throws, no question." Whiz can say whatever he wants, but the fact is, Lindley is averaging a mind-boggling 4.3 yards through his first 103 pass attempts. That would be 21st in yards per carry. It would be irresponsible to give Lindley another start in Week 14 if Kevin Kolb isn't ready.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 11:52:00 AM

Ryan Lindley completed 10-of-31 throws for 72 yards and an interception in the Cardinals' Week 13 loss to the Jets, 7-6.

He was as bad as the stats suggest. We don't usually love Cardinals-Jets color guy Brian Billick's analysis, but he was dead-on Sunday to argue that Arizona should have turned to John Skelton during this game. While neither quarterback is likely to prove a long-term solution, Lindley's awful accuracy is holding back an already-poor Cardinals offense. Arizona heads to Seattle next, so Lindley could be in store for another rough day should Kevin Kolb not return.
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 04:30:00 PM

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt stated Monday that Ryan Lindley will remain his starting quarterback in Week 13 if Kevin Kolb (ribs) isn't ready.

They've turned the page on John Skelton. Kolb's status is uncertain, but we'll have a better read on his chances of playing against the Jets by Wednesday. Through two appearances, Lindley has completed 55.6 percent of 72 attempts with no touchdowns, four picks, and a fumble lost. He's not ready for the NFL.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 01:12:00 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt admitted he thought about benching QB Ryan Lindley during Sunday's loss to the Rams.

After an impressive first drive that ended in a 1-yard Beanie Wells touchdown run, Lindley was awful. He ended up throwing four interceptions, two pick-sixes and no touchdowns en route to a 44.7 passer rating. Still, Whiz didn't want to turn back to John Skelton. It looks like he's waiting until Kevin Kolb (ribs) returns to make another quarterback change.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 08:40:00 AM

Making his first NFL start, Ryan Lindley was overmatched in Arizona's Week 12 loss to the Rams, completing 31-of-52 throws for 312 yards, four interceptions and zero touchdowns.

Lindley came out hot, completing 7-for-8 passes for 80 yards on Arizona's opening drive, and entered halftime 17-of-25 for 181 yards. He came unglued once the Rams dialed up the pressure in the second half, however, tossing three of his four picks. Rookie Rams CB Janoris Jenkins took two INTs to the house. All four of Lindley's picks were terrible decisions, while two came on miscommunications with All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald. Lindley did excel at getting rid of the ball quickly behind Arizona's woeful offensive line, but all-in-all was not a noticeable upgrade on John Skelton. Lindley will make his first road start in Week 13, where the Cardinals will travel to New York to take on the Jets.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 07:47:00 PM

Ryan Lindley will be the Cardinals' Week 12 starter at quarterback.

John Skelton has been benched. Lindley should remain the starter until Kevin Kolb (ribs, shoulder) is cleared to return, which could be as early as Week 13. According to's Albert Breer, the Cardinals "really like" Lindley and were "waiting for the right time" to start him. That's all good and well, but it's extremely doubtful a sixth-round rookie gives the Cardinals a better chance of winning against the Rams than Skelton, no matter how ineffective Skelton has been. It's yet another downgrade for Larry Fitzgerald, who's cleared 52 yards just once in his past four games. Skelton can be dropped in all formats, including Dynasty.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 03:31:00 PM

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