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QB Drew Stanton - Arizona Cardinals

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

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Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Stanton did not practice leading up to the Week 6 game, but the team is still hoping he'll be cleared in time for the game against Washington.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 24): Stanton said Sunday, November 23, that his ankle got rolled in the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter. He said he was fine, and would have played if the team got the ball back. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs STL 3 5 85 1 0 2 3 0 0
11 vs DET 21 32 306 2 2 4 -4 0 0
12 at SEA 14 26 149 0 1 4 23 0 0
13 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 23 36 * * * 2 * * *
13 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 20 35 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs STL (3 / 5 / 85 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

I'm not sure there is a fitting superlative for what Drew Stanton has done for the Cardinals this season. After going 2-1 as Palmer's early season substitute it seemed almost unfair to ask Stanton to orchestrate another win in this incredible Cardinals season, but that's just what he did. With respect to the touchdown to John Brown, much is being written about Coach Arians' confidence in sticking with the game plan despite Palmer's injury. Equally impressive, however, were the play-calls Arians' used to quickly get Stanton comfortable and in the flow of the game. Twice Arians called for play-action plays to the tight end, the first of which was an almost identical play design to the opening play of the Cardinals-Giants game, which was Stanton's first start of the season. The touchdown play call showed a coach who trusts his players, those other two plays show a coach who understands his players.

2014 Week 11 vs DET (21 / 32 / 306 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)

In his second stint as starting quarterback this season, Drew Stanton did a pretty impressive Carson Palmer impersonation. Much like Palmer's season, Stanton's day was characterized by big plays, quality third down conversions and enough mistakes to stall out an offense that appeared ready to breakout early in the game. This has been the case for the Cardinals' offense all season long, regardless of who's behind center. After 11 weeks and with their backup quarterback it's getting increasingly harder to expect this offense to finally break out, and yet many of Stanton's mistakes-such as timing with his receivers- seem fixable. More concerning of course were Stanton's two interceptions. Two absolutely indefensible throws, each at crucial moments in the game. Losing the turnover battle is not a recipe to continue winning in this league, so Stanton will have to clean those up quick. But big plays characterize this offense and Stanton sure had his share of them, none bigger than Michael Floyd's 42-yard opening drive score. On the touchdown throw, the Cardinals lined up in a shotgun 3-WR, 1-RB set. To Stanton's right were Fitzgerald and Floyd, lined up in a bunch set with Fitzgerald as the top man. Floyd immediately beat his man and with no safety over top, altered his route and headed straight to the end zone. Stanton was able to step up and slide in the pocket nicely and threw up a jump ball knowing his receiver had both a height and hops advantage. Floyd easily came down with the pass despite a defensive pass interference call.

2014 Week 12 vs SEA (14 / 26 / 149 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 23 / 0 rush)

Stanton struggled heavily on Sunday facing one of the league's top defenses in a very difficult environment. While he didn't receive much help from his offensive line in pass protection, nor the running game as a whole, Stanton still struggled with his own mistakes. Too often poor ball placement forced receivers to adjust on passes and all but eliminated the possibility for yards after the catch. Stanton also struggled with his progressions, locking on to his primary targets far too early. On his lone interception, Stanton was unable to use his eyes to manipulate the defense, and Seahawks Cornerback Byron Maxwell read the play quickly and left his man in time to jump the route. The Seahawks defense dared Stanton to beat them through the air outside the numbers, and while there is enough blame to spread around, his inability to do so puts the majority of that blame squarely on his shoulders.


Latest News

Cardinals | Drew Stanton will be fine (Sun Nov 23, 10:23 PM) - Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (ankle) said Sunday, Nov. 23, that his ankle got rolled in the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter. He said he was fine, and would have played if the team got the ball back.

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Cardinals | Drew Stanton leaves game (Sun Nov 23, 06:15 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks. QB Logan Thomas is warming on the sidelines.

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