Ryan Finley sees “a lot to build on” after first NFL start

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Handing the starting quarterback job to Ryan Finley didn’t help the Bengals get their first win of the 2019 season, but the 49-13 loss to the Ravens did allow them their first chance to evaluate the fourth-round pick’s fitness for the job.

Finley was 16-of-30 for 167 yards, a touchdown and an interception during the game. The interception was returned for a touchdown and the Ravens also got a touchdown after stripping Finley of the ball on a sack.

Those were negative plays, but Finley kept his focus on the positives when looking back at his debut.

“I thought we had a really good plan in place. Our time of possession was good. We had some really good drives. The coaches had me, personally, ready. I felt good,” Finley said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I thought we had good juice, good energy. So, we have a lot to build on.”

Finley will make his first road start in Oakland this week and we’ll see what kind of additions he’s able to make to the foundation the Bengals laid in Week 10.

6 responses to “Ryan Finley sees “a lot to build on” after first NFL start

  1. As a rookie facing one of the top teams in the NFL, he played better than the final stats suggest. He’s probably *not* going to be a good starting QB, but he looks like a high-end backup who should have a long NFL career. He has very good pocket mobility and poise, but the lack of arm strength seems to be a weakness he can’t rise above.

  2. It’s never completely the quarterbacks fault. Dalton is not a great quarterback, but he’s better than Finley. I guess benching him makes sense though. It’s better odds that he’ll be healthy for a different team next year. Then they get the first pick for their franchise QB. Smart move.

  3. Well, think of it like this: last year, the Bengals had a very poor OL; they drafted the best lineman in the draft, but he was immediately injured and hasn’t played. Their other two best O-lineman haven’t played a snap (Cordy Glenn by crazy medical issues and Clint Boling abruptly retires. So what was left was fill-ins and retreads; add on that Billy Price has been a disappointment and that they whiffed completely on Obueghi and Fisher while letting Whitworth go. Then there’s their best player, A.J. Green who hasn’t played since Oct. 2018 and John Ross who was improving, but has been out for the last 5 weeks. The defense? Historically bad last year with no improvements; an aging defensive front and literally no NFL caliber linebackers. This simply can’t be fixed in a year; worse, I no longer believe the Bengals can judge talent well enough to improve through the draft. Joe Burrow or Tua will help, just because they’re better than Dalton or Finley; but this has nothing to do with their current QB’s

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