SDSU’s Ryan Lindley: Last QB Invited Emphasizes Footwork

Ryan Lindley

LINDLEY: ... footwork needs to improve, he readily admits.

FAIRHOPE, Ala. –  The NFL Draft is still three months away, so the net the Broncos will cast at this point is wide — and quarterback appears to remain a focal point.

After Monday’s practice, San Diego State quarterback Ryan Lindley said that he’d spoken with the Broncos among numerous teams since arriving at the Senior Bowl this weekend.

“I love them, but any opportunity is going to be great,” Lindley said.

Lindley was a late replacement for Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, and is one of three quarterbacks on the South team roster, along with Arizona’s Nick Foles and Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden.

All three quarterbacks had some struggles and errant throws during Monday’s shorts-and-pads session in front of several hundred coaches and scouts.

“Starting slow, I’m not going to let that get to me,” Lindley said. “You’ve got to move on to the next day, the next rep and the next practice.

“I can even see today, starting slow, as a blessing, just to show how much I improve from here on out.”

It was obvious to Lindley where he needed the most improvement.

“The biggest thing is my feet — as it always has been,” Lindley said. “I was just over-striding, getting out on that front foot a little bit too much and the ball was just diving on me. It was just about ironing that out, getting that done and straightening the ball out.”

He expected that to be the area of his game on which the Redskins’ coaches focused, and has been working the last few weeks in Irvine, Calif. with quarterback tutor Steve Calhoun and former Raiders quarterbacks coach and USC head coach Ted Tollner on that area.

“I’m just getting a little tighter coaching (on footwork),” Lindley said. “In a college environment, you’ve got to worry about everything else, improving as a team. … Now it’s just something I can focus on, keep harping on, and it’s bound to get better.”

 

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.

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