After Ryan Lindley ended up as the only returning quarterback on the Arizona Cardinals roster after the turnover on the team and the coming of a new general manager and head coach, it looked like the second year quarterback was probably a lock for the final roster. After comments by head coach Bruce Arians, that is not necessarily the case.
Arians told the media on Tuesday (via azcardinals.com) that, like a number of teams he has been on before, he may carry only two quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster.
Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton are the starter and backup. They are locks. The guy behind Lindley is undrafted rookie Caleb TerBush, but he is not getting any real look. He does not get reps in 11-on-11 drills and I honestly have seen as much work as a holder for kicks as I have seen him throw the ball.
Typically, you want to have a third quarterback that is a young player you can develop. Lindley would fit that bill,
However, if you are carrying three quarterback only because of what could happen injury-wise (see 2007 Cardinals and the injuries to both Kurt Warner and Matt Lenart), it is worth thinking about.
After all, if you are going to be relying on your third quarterback to actually play, your season is pretty much lost. At that point, is somebody off the street a much better option for the team?
Now, personally, I think that there is a good chance that Arians was just making another one of his statements publicly to light a fire under Lindley so he works a little harder. He doesn't want him to get complacent. He has not been good in practices, but he also has made a few very nice throws.
Only two QBs? The team only typically carries two active QBs on gameday anyway. I can see it. It would free up a roster spot for someone else, perhaps one who would be a special teams contributor.
And it isn't that the Cards couldn't have three QBs. If they go with two on the final roster, they easily could bring back TerBush to the practice squad and use him to promote to the active roster should either Palmer or Stanton go down.
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