Dec 21, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley (5) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans releasing QB Ryan Finley

The Houston Texans are releasing quarterback Ryan Finley days after signing Jeff Driskel, NFL Network reported Monday.

The Texans acquired Finley from the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this offseason.

The Texans feature a QB room of Driskel, Tyrod Taylor and Deshaun Watson, who is mired in legal issues and has asked the team for a trade. The team also drafted Davis Mills in the third round of last month’s draft.

Finley has thrown for 638 yards with three touchdowns against four interceptions in eight career games (four starts) with the Bengals, who took him in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.

The 28-year-old Driskel, who was released by the Denver Broncos earlier this month, appeared in three games (one start) with Denver last season. Driskel completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 432 yards with three touchdowns against two interceptions.

Watson is facing 22 lawsuits and an internal NFL investigation into his conduct with massage therapists.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley (5) attempts a pass as Washington Football Team outside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (51) pressures during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals QB Finley to start vs. Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals will turn to quarterback Ryan Finley to start the team’s upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Zac Taylor announced on Saturday.

Finley has taken the first-team reps with the Bengals’ offense in practice this week. Fellow quarterback Brandon Allen, who is nursing a knee injury, has started the last three games for the Bengals (2-10-1).

Kevin Hogan is expected to be summoned from the practice squad to serve as the backup for Monday’s home game against the Steelers (11-2).

Finley, 25, has completed 10 of 19 passes for 75 yards with two interceptions in four appearances this season.

He is just 51 of 106 for 549 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in seven career games with Cincinnati. He was selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

2019 NFL Draft Preview – QB

Despite the weight of a uniquely never-ending draft grind, there’s something poetic about the start of a new collegiate cycle that attracts a total spectrum of fans, from the educated onlookers to the full-blown draft degenerates (such as myself).
As such, we proceed with a detailed evaluation of my introductory positional rankings – coming out one group at a time, beginning with quarterbacks.
So, to (inaccurately) quote the great Matthew McConaughey: “I’ll write, I’ll write, I’ll write.”
Five teams selected a first-round passer in the 2018 class and my suspicion is that it was a partial indictment of the potential 2019 crop. Presently, we’re faced with a quarterback class asking numerous questions of evaluators – who only seem to agree about being unable to distinguish who will emerge on top.
Simply put, there are a handful of quarterbacks with the potential to rise above the class, but most require a step-forward season in 2019 in order for that to happen. This year’s preseason quarterback evaluation requires more projection than most years I’ve studied the NFL Draft, which personally elicits equal levels of excitement and indignation.
1. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (6’3″ 215lbs.)
• Will be hit with the ‘system’ tag, but he completes a high degree of attempts and rapidly immersed himself in Gus Malzahn’s intricate passing offense. I don’t see a quarterback with better ‘feel’ for his position in this class right now.
2. Justin Herbert, Oregon (6’6″ 225lbs.)
• Possesses all of the tantalizing physical traits evaluators want in a franchise passer: size, arm and athleticism. Also boasts a smooth delivery and statistical accuracy. If he takes the next step this season it’ll be tough to value another passer more.
3. Will Grier, West Virginia (6’2″ 214lbs.)
• The ex-Florida Gator was highly prolific throughout his first season in Morgantown, forming a good connection with stud receiver David Sills. Everything’s on a rope; makes NFL-esque window throws, but needs to learn that not every pass needs to be a bullet.
4. Drew Lock, Missouri (6’4″ 225lbs.)
• Ticks all of the prototype passer boxes, possessing ideal size, arm talent and an ever-present inclination to push the ball downfield. Must overcome issues relating to accuracy (both in-game and statistical), but did suffer from receiver drops last year.
5. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State (6’3″ 215lbs.)
• Underclassmen who must drastically improve accuracy, but showed plenty of promise in his ten-win Sophomore campaign. Moves through reads in rapid-fire. Will take a hit to deliver an accurate pass. Nice pocket footwork, but liable to hurt a defense with them too.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Finley, North Carolina State (6’4″ 210lbs.)
• Boise State transfer with prolific aerial numbers. Major positive is his compact, lightning-quick release and decisive style – always aware of quick-read options and fall-back outlets. Has many physical tools at his disposal. Downfield ball placement is inconsistent.
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