Cardinals rookie QB Lindley opening eyes in desert

Dan Arkush
Cardinals rookie QB Lindley opening eyes in desert

An intriguing subplot has developed in the ongoing battle for the Cardinals’ starting QB job between John Skelton and Kevin Kolb courtesy of the very positive buzz that sixth-round rookie QB Ryan Lindley has been generating.

“He has impressed,” one team insider said of Lindley, who performed better than either Kolb or Skelton in the Cardinals’ second preseason game vs. the Chiefs. “He’s real mature, and you can tell by how quickly he picks things up that he’s been pretty well-coached. He doesn’t make the same mistake twice.

“I don’t see him being in the mix right away, but maybe by the middle of the season, if the team is struggling at quarterback, he could be a factor.”

How does Lindley compare to Max Hall, a former flash in the pan who also made his presence felt for a spell before quickly flaming out?

“I think he’s more of the physical prototype QB than Hall,” the insider said. “He’s not as accurate as Hall was, but he’s got a stronger arm and more natural skills.”