Lindley in the 2013 preseason with the Cardinals
|Date of birth:||June 22, 1989|
|Place of birth:||San Diego, California|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||232 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Lakeside (CA) El Capitan|
|College:||San Diego State|
|NFL draft:||2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Ryan Lindley (born June 22, 1989) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Diego State.
High school career
After not playing in his first year on campus at San Diego State University in 2007 while Kevin O'Connell was the Aztecs' starter, Lindley started 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2008. During the season he completed 242 of 427 passes for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. As a sophomore in 2009 he started 12 games and completed 239 of 437 passes for 3,054 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. As a junior in 2010 Lindley completed 243 of 421 passes for 3,830 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He helped lead the Aztecs to the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl, their first Bowl game since the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl. He helped them defeat the Navy Midshipmen 35 to 14 after completing 18 of 23 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
Lindley was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. On November 18, 2012, he replaced John Skelton in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He made his first professional start on November 25 against the St. Louis Rams. In his first season he posted a very low 46.7% completion percentage and threw 7 interceptions compared to 0 touchdowns. After two seasons with the team, Lindley was released by the Cardinals on August 25, 2014.
San Diego Chargers
On November 11, 2014, Lindley re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals after a season-ending injury to Carson Palmer. When starting quarterback Drew Stanton was injured in the December 11 game against the Rams, Lindley entered the game and saw his first in-game NFL action since 2012. On December 28 against the San Francisco 49ers, Lindley threw his first career touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. He finished the 2014 season with a 48.4% completion rate, 562 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a 56.8 passer rating.
On January 3, 2015, in the Cardinals' first-round playoff game at the Carolina Panthers, Lindley completed 16 of 28 passes for 82 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He had a passer rating of 44.3 and Arizona lost 27-16. The Cardinals totaled 77 yards of offense, the fewest in NFL playoff history.
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- "Ronnie Hillman rumbles for 228 yards in San Diego State's win". Scores.espn.go.com. 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
- Arizona Cardinals bio
- San Diego State Aztecs bio