Ryan Lindley likely made his first and only appearance in a Patriots uniform Thursday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO — The one player on the Patriots who maybe wasn’t as thrilled as everyone else about the Tom Brady news was third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley.
While Lindley did say he was happy for Brady, it means with the Patriots having two quarterbacks in Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo available for Week 1, he likely will be released when the team cuts its roster down to the final 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m.
Lindley, entering his fourth season in the league, has spent all four of those seasons as a backup so he knows what he’s in for.
“I think everybody – about 50 percent of the NFL – is under an uncertainty week to week,” Lindley said. “You learn to play with that, and a third-string, second-string, journeyman quarterback is in that group of people who kind of have some uncertainty. So I’ve dealt with that in the past couple of years, and you just control what you can control.
“And you kind of go out and put your best foot forward whether it be in practice, whether it was on scout team all the last three weeks while I was here or anything else to let these guys know that I’m a hard worker and a team player and I’m a good guy in the locker room. And the chips are going to fall where they will whether that’s here or some place else, and all I can do is put my best foot forward with what I’m doing on the football field.”
Overall for his career, he’s played in nine games (all with the Cardinals) and has thrown two touchdowns to go along with 11 interceptions.
Lindley got his first snaps Thursday as a Patriot since he arrived just a few days before the preseason opener last month. He went wire-to-wire in the Patriots’ 12-9 loss to the Giants going 22-for-45 for 253 yards, while throwing an interception.
“Here and there, there were definitely some throws I’d like back,” Lindley said. “Others were just kind of throw-aways, but there are always maybe a half dozen. You want to cut that down to play good football, but there’s stuff to build off of. And I’m happy with what I put out there effort-wise as well.”
He said he didn’t hear about the Brady news until he was in the locker room Thursday afternoon, as he was remaining focused on the game and didn’t want any distractions.
For Lindley, he will now likely be searching for another team early this coming week, but he was grateful for the opportunity to show the rest of the league what he can do.
“Like I told the guys beforehand, I was just excited to get out there and play.” he said. “That was kind of the idea, the attitude we all had going in.”
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