|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 213 lb.|
|Born:||December 26, 1994|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 4 (104)|
Finley started three regular-season games with the Bengals in 2019, in which he completed 41 of 87 pass attempts for 474 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Analysis: Finley's three starts all resulted in losses for Cincinnati, prompting the team bring back Andy Dalton as the starter Week 12. The rookie also carried the ball 10 times for 77 yards, providing a slight boost to his fantasy value, but his average of 158 passing yards per game and 2:2 TD:INT ratio were pedestrian figures at best. The Bengals possess the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NFL Draft, and the team seems likely to consider upgrading at the quarterback position in the offseason.
Coach Zac Taylor said Andy Dalton will be the Bengals starting quarterback moving forward, pushing Finley back to a reserve role, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: During his three-game run as the starter, Finley averaged 158 yards per game, posted two touchdowns versus two interceptions and racked up 10 carries for 77 yards. Those modest numbers and his inability to get the Bengals their first win of the season may have made Taylor's decision an easy one. Nonetheless, Finley will return to donning a headset on game days.
Finley completed 12 of 26 pass attempts for 192 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Finley completed just 46 percent of his pass attempts while averaging a lackluster 7.4 yards per attempt. He connected with Tyler Boyd for a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter and finished without a turnover, but he simply couldn't make the plays necessary to win a divisional opponent such as this. The coaching staff plans to stick with Finley moving forward, according to Ben Baby of ESPN.com, but he doesn't carry much fantasy upside into next Sunday's matchup with the Jets.
Finley completed 13 of 31 pass attempts for 115 yards and an interception Sunday against the Raiders. He also carried three times for 47 yards in the 17-10 loss.
Analysis: Finley struggled mightily against a beatable Raiders pass defense, completing just 42 percent of his passes while averaging just 3.7 yards per attempt. He did manage to make an impact as a runner, averaging an impressive 15.7 yards per carry, but it wasn't quite enough to make up for his ineptitude as a passer. Finley fared better last week against the Ravens, but next Sunday's matchup with the Steelers could present plenty of challenges as he tries to bounce back.
Finley was 20-of-26 for 150 yards and two touchdowns against Washington in Thursday's second preseason game for the Bengals.
Analysis: Finley did all of his work with the Bengals second-team offense, whereas Jeff Driskell worked with the third team. Finley appears to be on his way to winning the backup job behind Andy Dalton.
Finley is now ahead of Jeff Driskell in the battle to become Andy Dalton's primary backup, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Finley has a number of factors working in his favor - his draft status as a fourth-round pick this year, his performance in practice and in the first preseason game, where he connected on 12 passes in a row, and that the Bengals saw plenty of Driskell last year and thought enough to find someone else to be Dalton's heir apparent. That Driskell has been getting some reps at wide receiver is also indicative of the status change.
Finley saw his first extended action with the Bengals' second-team offense in Monday's practice, frequently scrimmaging against the first-team defense, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Analysis: Finley has been behind last season's backup Jeff Driskel for the first part of training camp, but he had a good day Monday. Still, the fourth-round pick is likely to begin the season third on the depth chart.
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