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Updated Nov 20, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Todd Heap believes in Ryan Lindley, team's other QBs

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) hits Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley (14) as Lindley tries to get a pass off during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Atlanta. The ball was hit loose by Abraham and Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux picked up the ball and ran into the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap has not played in a game since suffering a knee injury against the New England Patriots in Week 2.

Still, he's had a good look at what's been going on this season, including the offense's continued struggles.

Things may have come to a head last week when head coach Ken Whisenhunt benched John Skelton in favor of rookie Ryan Lindley, but the move, while shocking to some, didn't really surprise Heap.

In fact, the veteran is pretty impressed with the sixth-round pick from San Diego State.

"He's a confident guy, he's a guy that has come in and gained a grasp of the offense very quickly," Heap told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday. "He's got a good presence in the huddle, he's got a good presence on the field.

"He makes some tough throws."

Heap said it's tough for a quarterback to come in and play well after not receiving the starter's share of practice reps leading up to a game, and even though Lindley struggled to the tune of completing just 9-of-20 passes for 64 yards, he's confident the player has a bright future.

"I'm still high on Ryan Lindley, I think he's going to be a good quarterback in this league," Heap said. "It's all about opportunities and making the most of those opportunities, and as he gets more he'll play better."

That's not to say Heap believes Lindley should be the team's starter going forward. The former ASU star said he still believes in Skelton and Kevin Kolb, but added it's simply a matter of making the plays that are there.

"We talk about this almost every week, it's about executing the plays that are called and getting the job done when the team's counting on you," he said. "So that's what it boils down to and you've got to do it more times than you don't."


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