Get to know quarterback Ryan Finley, acquired via trade with the Cincinnati Bengals on March 23, 2021.
Name: Ryan Finley
Height/Weight: 6-4, 207
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
School: North Carolina State
Get to know Ryan:
- After being selected with the second pick of the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft, Finley spent his first two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals where he saw action in eight games with four starts.
- His first start of the 2020 season came on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 21. Finley completed 7-of-13 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. He also added 10 carries for 47 yards and a 23-yard score.
- Finley played three seasons (2016-18) at North Carolina State University after transferring from Boise State where he played two seasons (2014-15) and redshirted as a freshman (2013).
- Despite only playing three seasons at NC State, Finley finished his career with the second-most passing yards (10,505) and completions (881) along with the fourth-most passing touchdowns (60) in Wolfpack history. He was also a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2017.
- During their collegiate careers at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Finley's parents both played sports. His mom, Robin, played tennis while his dad, Pat, played baseball and football.
- Finley is the oldest of three kids. His younger brother Ben, is currently a quarterback at NC State. His sister, Sydney, played club volleyball at the University of Denver.
- Finley played roller hockey for 10 years as a kid and was named to Team USA.
- As a standout basketball player, he helped lead Paradise Valley High School to the 2012-13 state championship and once scored 37 points in one game without missing a single shot. During his senior year in high school, Finley led the state of Arizona with 3,442 passing yards and also threw 35 touchdowns.
- Last year in five games with one start, Finley completed 17-of-32 passes for 164 yards (53.1 completion rate), and tossed two touchdowns while rushing for one score on 11 carries for 66 yards.
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