As presently constituted, veterans Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton are first and second on the QB depth chart, respectively. That leaves Ryan Lindley and rookie Logan Thomas to battle it out for the third spot.
Thomas was drafted in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft (120th overall). The Virginia Tech product is known for having a strong but somewhat inaccurate arm.
Thomas took about 25 percent of the snaps in team OTA's and all the snaps in rookie minicamp. Now comes the next big step – how will he fare in training camp and preseason action?
Let's take a look at Thomas' updated scouting profile via nfl.com:
Strengths Thomas has outstanding size, stature and strength — towers over the line, has natural throwing lanes from the pocket and is able to make plays in the grasp. Athletic — can climb the pocket, escape and run for the sticks. Load to bring down. Generates easy velocity with a quick, compact release and can make all the throws. Is very competitive and will sell out to make a play. Has upside. Tough and durable — started 40 consecutive games. Vocal leader. Was the only quarterback to crack a ball speed of 60 mph on the radar gun at the combine and can flat-out rip it.
Weaknesses May have plateaued as a sophomore. Uneven performance. Inconsistent footwork and mechanics. Shoddy ball placement. Still developing touch and deep-ball accuracy. Needs to quicken his eyes and expand his field vision. Needs to learn to protect himself — is not elusive and represents a big target to defenders. Struggled in big games, including a nightmare performance against Alabama. Too careless with the football — 39 INTs and 23 fumbles as a starter. Career 50-percent passer on third down.
Bottom Line Unrefined, strong-armed, sturdy pocket passer who looks the part and has intriguing, raw arm talent, though he is a converted tight end whose inexperience showed throughout a yo-yo career in Blacksburg. Has definite developmental value given his starter-caliber skill set and intangible makeup. Would benefit from coaching continuity, more specifically a QB coach capable of refining his crude talent.
Keep an eye out for the Lindley vs. Thomas competition during training camp.
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