As the Arizona Cardinals head into their final preseason game, they do so with a few position battles still yet unresolved. We are looking at what is left to be determined, including the third quarterback position.
Think about it: while most are focused on the battle for the top job — and rightfully so — there is an equally intense competition for the third spot between rookie Ryan Lindley and veteran Richard Bartel, because chances are the loser will be looking for a job come cut day.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is not likely to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. Remember, when he took over as head coach in 2007 he began the season with just two.
A sixth-round pick out of San Diego State, it’s obvious the Cardinals are high on the rookie. He has a good arm, can move in the pocket and is big enough to see over the defense. However, accuracy was known to be his issue, and that has held true so far in the preseason.
Lindley has thrown for 362 yards in the preseason but has tallied zero touchdowns, two interceptions and has completed just 51.5 percent of his passes.
The rookie is set to get the start against Denver in the team’s final exhibition game, which could be a sign that a roster spot is his to lose. Coach Whisenhunt says he wants to see how Lindley responds to playing with and playing against quality NFL players, and he’ll do just that.