Who is Ryan Lindley? According to Ken Whisenhunt, he is the new starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. Lindley replaced John Skelton at quarterback in Atlanta last Sunday and appears he will continue to be ahead of Skelton in the depth chart for the foreseeable future.
Lindley was drafted by the Cardinals in the 6th round (185th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft back in April. The 23-year-old was the 8th quarterback taken in the draft.
Lindley played all four years of college football with the San Diego State University Aztecs. In four years, Lindley played 49 games and passed for 12,690 yards, 90 touchdowns and 47 interceptions.
The 6’4” QB had 20 passing attempts in his NFL debut against Atlanta in relief of Skelton. Lindley completed nine of the 20 attempts for 64 yards and a QB rating of 52.9. ESPN analysis and former NFL QB Ron Jaworski told a local radio station that he could pick out 20-25 throws Lindley made in college and make a case he should have went number one overall in the draft. But, Jaworski said he could also pick out another 20-25 throws he made in college and make a case he shouldn’t be drafted. Jaworski’s comments highlight the inexperience and inconsistency Cardinal fans are likely to see from Lindley in his first career start on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Lindley is expected to start until fellow QB Kevin Kolb is healthy. Kolb injured his ribs back in October in a game against the Buffalo Bills. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kolb’s injury consisted of, “multiple ribs detached from his sternum and he suffered a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his chest area.”