For two weeks, Ryan Lindley waited.
He did the individual quarterback drills and after practice would run through the practice script with little-used receivers
Lindley knew what the plan was. Coach Bruce Arians had already made that clear, both to Lindley and the public. Thomas got the first game. And then Lindley would get the Minnesota game, and the practice reps that would come
“You just understand the situation,” Lindley said. “B.A. coming out and saying I would get an opportunity in this game, that was encouraging and you can wait out a week.”
Lindley’s place is tenuous at best. Already, the battle for the third-quarterback slot seemed stacked against him because of Thomas’ status as a fourth-round draft pick and his immense physical tools and upside. Then Thomas played very well in the preseason opener – looking better than he had at any point in practice – while completing 11 of 12 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
To this, Lindley isn’t worried. The competition, he said, is with himself.
“Obviously I’m in a competition with him but at the end of the day I will be more frustrated with myself if I set that bar and I don’t meet it,” Lindley said. “(Logan) played awesome, he played a great game and I told him that afterward. He’s taken everything he’s learned and the mistakes he’s made on the practice field and learned from them, and that’s all you can ask from a guy.”
Arians said Lindley will play the entire second half against the Vikings. He praised the 2012 sixth-round pick for helped coach Thomas when he gets a chance.
The reality is, since Lindley is not practice squad eligible, the battle to keep a job in Arizona will be difficult. Lindley did say he is much more comfortable in the offense than he was last year at this time, which is important. The last time he played in a game was the 2013 preseason finale in Denver.
ABRAHAM DUE “SOONER THAN NEXT WEEK”
General Manager Steve Keim said linebacker
Abraham has been absent to deal with a personal issue – Keim declined to say specifically – and said the return would be like a player coming back from injury.
“He has to work his way into playing shape and a guy coming off 11½ sacks at 35 years old, you’d like to think he’s still going to be able to contribute,” Keim said.
KEIM SAYS COOPER NEEDS TIME
Injured left guard
“You just have to give him time,” Keim added. “Time to knock off the rust.”
Keim said that time will end up being “several weeks.” That isn’t ideal for a team looking to win the division, but Keim believes the Cardinals can weather Cooper’s comeback from last year’s broken leg.
“And you have to assess who is the alternative and how much better is he going to play than Coop,” Keim said.