Ryan Lindley had a chance right off the bat. Sure it was preseason, a game which the outcome would never mean anything. But it was first-and-goal and a comeback in your first NFL game, exhibition or not, would be nice.
But the chance ended with a third-down interception, after a drop and a too-high throw on the first two downs. The missed opportunity bugged him, and even though coach Ken Whisenhunt pointed out that Lindley hasn’t gotten a lot of red-zone work, Lindley brushed off excuses.
“I have two throws I could have made and I wouldn’t have had to worry about the third one,” Lindley said.
Unquestionably, Lindley is an intriguing candidate. Do I think Lindley will start this year? No, I really don’t. But he might someday. He’s made enough of an impression on me to wonder why he wouldn’t have been drafted a little higher. You can see the leadership quality in the way he carries himself.
He still has to beat out Rich Bartel for a spot on the roster. But, at this point, he’s shown a little something, especially for a later choice. He’s just happy to be playing. In the locker rom after the Saints game, he just smiled. “Even (college) all-star games, the Senior Bowl, doesn’t compare to this.”
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