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QB Drew Stanton - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 235Born: 5-7-1984College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 2

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Week 5: at Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Both of these teams were on bye last week, so their bumps and bruises should be healed up with the extra week of rest. Carson Palmer missed the games Week 2 and Week 3 due to a shoulder/nerve injury - the early word in Week 5 is that his status will begin to be determined in practice on Wednesday. Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians stated that Wednesday is a 'big day' for Palmer's status. He also seemed to hedge about how much progress Palmer has made, perhaps indicating that Drew Stanton would run the offense again in Week 5. Stanton (32/62 for 411 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with 8/14/0 rushing) has led the Cardinals to two straight wins and the Cardinals are undefeated entering the showdown with Denver. Stay tuned to's Players in the News to see which quarterback gets the first team snaps during practices later this week. The Broncos' pass D averages 285.3 net passing yards per game (31st in the NFL), with four passing scores given out to date vs. three interceptions and eight sacks generated so far this year. During Week 3, Seattle managed 25/35 for 255 net yards, two TDs and one interception passing, with three sacks taken for -20 yards. The game prior, Alex Smith didn't manage a TD pass or an interception, with 26/42 for 247 net passing yards, and two sacks for -8 yards taken. Though the Broncos have tightened up things a tad recently, they are still vulnerable in this phase of the game. This looks like a good matchup for either Palmer or Stanton.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at NYG 14 29 167 0 0 2 -2 0 0
3 vs SF 18 33 244 2 0 6 16 0 0
5 at DEN PROJ-Dodds 23 38 * * * 3 * * *
5 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay 16 27 * * * 3 * * *
5 at DEN PROJ-Bloom 23 39 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs NYG (14 / 29 / 167 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Stanton started his first regular season game since 2010 in place of the injured Carson Palmer, who was sidelined with a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder, and by and large played a very serviceable game. Based on comments from both Palmer and Coach Arians, it does not sound as if Palmer will be ready for the week three matchup against San Francisco; so expect to see Stanton under center again for at least one more week. Serviceable was enough against a bad Giants team with a penchant for self-destruction, but the play at the position must improve heading into a difficult section of the schedule. Now in his third year in Arians' offense, Stanton clearly knows the playbook well and was able to avoid turning the ball over. Where Stanton struggled most are areas you'd expect from someone who hasn't played a regular season game in four years; holding onto the ball for too long contributing to sacks and staring down receivers. Neither issue led to any catastrophic problems, but drives were halted and big plays left un-capitalized upon. Stanton's best series of the day was the game's opening drive. Aided by a costly personal foul penalty, Stanton confidently drove the team down 80 yards to open the game with a touchdown. That would be the last time The Cardinals found the end zone on offense, and in part due to some erratic red zone throwing from Stanton, but it was a tone-setting drive to open the game with. Credit too should be given to Coach Arians, who stayed aggressive with his play calling despite a backup under center, which kept the Giants defense on their toes.

2014 Week 3 vs SF (18 / 33 / 244 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 16 / 0 rush)

For the second consecutive week, Stanton started in place of the injured Palmer, but this week deserved a much lager share of credit for the team's victory. In addition to throwing both of the team's touchdowns, Stanton was never intercepted nor sacked. The offensive line deserves much of the credit, but Stanton's pocket movement was significantly better than last week in New York. This improved pocket awareness and movement was most evident on Stanton's 3 biggest throws. On both touchdown passes to John Brown, Stanton hung in a rapidly collapsing pocket to deliver perfect throws, and on his long throw of the day, a 45-yard pass to Michael Floyd in the 3rd, Stanton was able to evade a rusher before stepping up and making a great downfield throw. It should be noted that the 49ers were heavily penalized in the game, with two personal foul penalties on The Cardinals second touchdown drive alone. While this no doubt aided The Cardinals offense, credit must be given to Stanton and company for fully capitalizing. Finally of note, The Cardinals converted on 6 of their 7 3rd down opportunities in the second-half, with their only failure coming when kneeling the clock out at the end of the game.


Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer not ruled out (Wed Oct 1, 06:29 PM) - Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) isn't being ruled out for Week 5 against the Denver Broncos by head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said Palmer is doubtful to return to practice Thursday, Oct. 2, but if he can return Friday, Oct. 3, there's a chance he can start against the Broncos. If Palmer doesn't practice Friday, QB Drew Stanton would receive his third straight start. After throwing for two days last week, Palmer's shoulder regressed. The team is treating his injury week-to-week, and the team isn't close to considering putting him on the short-term Reserve/Injured list.

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Cardinals | Drew Stanton will get start (Fri Sep 19, 03:40 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton will be the starting quarterback in the team's Week 3 game, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: Carson Palmer must not be close to playing for this to be declared so early. The Cardinals need to hope that Stanton and co. can pull out the win and sent them to the bye at 3-0 with a hopefully healing starting QB.
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