Ryan Lindley, QB New England Patriots

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Monday, August 10, 2015, 9:50am

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots have quickly filled their need for a third quarterback, swapping out Matt Flynn for free agent Ryan Lindley, according to ESPN.

Flynn had been on the non-football injury list and did not practice at all in training camp. Given the time he spent in Foxborough -- he was signed in early June -- he presumably has some understanding of the offense, and would probably be a better emergency option than Lindley.

For now, the Patriots must balance their quarterback reps in the preseason. If Jimmy Garoppolo is indeed going to start four regular season games, the Pats surely don't want to risk injury over the next month. It seems Lindley will be there purely for reps, and if he does well enough, perhaps they'll keep him on through the first four weeks.

Lindley ended up starting a playoff game last year for Arizona, which was decimated by injury. He went16-for-28 for 82 yards in a divisional round loss to Panthers.

2015 Strength of Schedule - NE
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
31
PIT
2
@BUF
17
JAX
BYE18
@DAL
21
@IND
7
NYJ
6
MIA
32
WAS
26
@NYG
2
BUF
25
@DEN
29
PHI
12
@HOU
22
TEN
7
@NYJ
6
@MIA

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPCRuAttYdsTDFumYPRSnaps%
11DET--------------
12SEA--------------
13ATL--------------
14KC--------------
15STL41030003.007.500000-25/6837%
16SEA1844216014.9112.000000-68/6999%
17SF2339316238.1013.740000-70/70100%
Totals4593562246.0412.4900000.00163/20779%

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