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QB Drew Stanton - Arizona Cardinals

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

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General News (Fri Sep 19): will be the starting quarterback in the team's Week 3 game, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

General News (Wed Sep 17): is in line to start his second straight game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 with Carson Palmer (shoulder) sidelined. "It hasn't changed today," head coach Bruce Arians said. "We'll be status quo with Drew as the starter, Logan as the backup and we'll still be waiting on Carson."

Week 3: vs San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) said he wasn't close to playing in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He described his injury as a nerve in his right shoulder that is in deep sleep. Palmer suffered the injury in Week 1 when he went down on a running play, and he's not sure when he'll be able to return. 'They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down,' Palmer said. 'It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don't know.' QB Drew Stanton went 14-for-29 for 167 yards in his absence, with zero TDs or interceptions thrown - he was sacked four times for -25 yards by the Giants. Larry Fitzgerald (10 targets for 6/51/0) and Michael Floyd (six for 1/19/0) were the most-targeted receivers by Stanton, but Floyd failed to do much with his chances. John Carlson (three for 2/43/0) and John Brown (four for 3/28/0) contributed some key receiving yards to the effort last week. Last year, the 49ers were ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 221 net passing yards allowed per game, with 19 passing scores handed out over 16 games. They had 18 interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for 18th) to their credit by year's end. Tony Romo was plagued by early interceptions in the season opener, but ended the day with 23/37 for 255 net passing yards, one TD and three interceptions (with three sacks taken for -26 yards). The 49ers' defense generated turnovers, but they were also generous with passing yards Week 1. In Week 2, Jay Cutler was limited to 23/34 for 170 net yards passing, but he had four TD strikes vs. zero interceptions thrown and took just one sack for -6 yards. To date the 49ers are 12th in the NFL averaging 212.5 net passing yards allowed per contest. Their defense has been uneven in the red zone so far, as you can see. Stanton did a credible job in his first start of the 2014 season - if he is under center again this week, he's got a neutral matchup to work with.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2 at NYG 14 29 167 0 0 2 -2 0 0
3 vs SF PROJ-Dodds 19 36 * * * 2 * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Tremblay 22 37 * * * 3 * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Bloom 21 35 * * * 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.

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Latest News

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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Cardinals | Drew Stanton in line to start for Cards (Wed Sep 17, 07:51 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton is in line to start his second straight game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 with QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) sidelined. It hasnt changed today, head coach Bruce Arians said. Well be status quo with Drew as the starter, Logan as the backup and well still be waiting on Carson.

Our View: Stanton has plenty of experience in the Arians offense dating back to their days together with the Colts. Against the 49ers, we see Stanton as a low-end QB2. He certainly had zero issue forcing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald in Week 2.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer wasn't close to playing (Mon Sep 15, 01:35 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) said he wasn't close to playing in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He described his injury as a nerve in his right shoulder that is in deep sleep. Palmer suffered the injury in Week 1 when he went down on a running play, and he's not sure when he'll be able to return. 'They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down,' Palmer said. 'It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don't know.' QB Drew Stanton went 14-for-29 for 167 yards in his absence.

Our View: We could see Stanton as the starter again in Palmer is not ready to go. Monitor his practice participation this week to determine whether or not he'll be ready to go anytime soon.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer out Sunday (Sun Sep 14, 11:10 AM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) is out for Week 2 Sunday, Sept. 14. QB Drew Stanton will start in his place.

Our View: Drew Stanton will get the start. The outlook for all of the Cardinals key offensive players takes a hit. Palmer is no guarantee to play Week 3.
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Schedule

3vs San Francisco 49ers
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Denver Broncos
6vs Washington Redskins
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Philadelphia Eagles
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs St. Louis Rams
11vs Detroit Lions
12@ Seattle Seahawks
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ St. Louis Rams
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ San Francisco 49ers