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center_img When asked what he’d like to see from Lindley, a sixth-round pick out of San Diego State in 2012, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said a similar effort to that of Thomas.“A very steady player, a very accurate player, throwing to the right spots, just like Logan,” he said. “Have your eyes in the right spots; direct the football team. He’s always done a really good job of that.”Lindley appeared in six games for the Cardinals as a rookie, completing just 52 percent of his passes for 752 yards with zero touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was a casualty of the team’s QB roller coaster that season, thrust into action long before he reasonably should have been. Lindley did not appear in a game last season, so the lasting memory that fans have of the 6-foot-3, 232-pound player with a big arm is of an overmatched signal caller who struggled to do anything well. “There’s ups and downs, and it’s been great and I’ve loved it here,” Lindley said of his ride, which saw him go from starter in 2012 to fighting for a job in 2014. “Hopefully that continues, but if not we’ll take it as it goes.”Needless to say, he believes he’s a much better quarterback now than he was as a rookie. Comments   Share   “Whenever you understand the offense and whenever the guys around you are playing fast, it makes it a lot easier to play quarterback,” he said. “I think just the understanding of what’s going on and understanding of what B.A. looks for when he’s calling plays and everything else… But it’s been great. I’m just looking forward to seeing how that transitions onto the field.”How it does may very well determine whether Lindley is a Cardinal much longer.Conventional wisdom would say the team will not spend much more time with four quarterbacks on the roster. If the Cardinals decide to go with the rookie Thomas, they may want him to get as much work in practice and preseason as possible heading into the season. Once the games start to count, there will not be as much for him to do.But for now, Lindley is still in the race, and Saturday is his chance to make an impression.“I’m definitely excited, personally, for the opportunity,” he said. “I think any time you get a chance to get out there and put something on tape, it’s just you can further yourself even more.”If the Cardinals decide to let him go, Lindley knows what he does Saturday could help him land a job somewhere else. He said he has personal goals and standards that he sets for himself, and the plan is to reach and exceed them every chance he gets. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more