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QB Drew Stanton - Arizona Cardinals

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

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17 at SEA 71 15 34 145 1 1 1 -1 0 0 9.15

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs SEA (15 / 34 / 145 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Stanton perfectly exemplified the theme of the Cardinals offense yesterday; the numbers fail to tell the whole story. Stanton's box score is bad; there is no getting around that. And the truth is Stanton, and the offense as a whole, struggled throughout most of the second half which the numbers accurately reflect. But in the first half this offense was dominant despite settling for field goals, and at the end of the 4th quarter it was the offense that put together a long drive leading to a the go-ahead field goal. Stanton engineered it all, playing behind an offensive line down to its last active player, a group of mediocre at best skill players, and apparently a torn ACL as per Larry Fitzgerald. To have won this game in the environment that Seattle presents, against a division rival playing for a playoff spot, and with the context of knowing his coach and advocate would likely be retiring afterwards, this game should be viewed as a feather in the cap that is Drew Stanton's career, and not be overlooked for the box score alone.

2017 Week 16 vs NYG (20 / 34 / 209 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

After the season started off to a putter of poor play and devastating injuries, many Cardinals fans and followers clamored for Blaine Gabbert, with the misguided hope of evaluating him ability for the future. Stanton's injury allowed for that opportunity, with Gabbert starting five games and making the return of Drew Stanton on Sunday a welcome sight. Stanton, by simply being his average self, was leaps and bounds better than Gabbert. Throwing two touchdowns and successfully exploiting the intermediate levels of the field, Stanton succeeded at two areas which Gabbert struggled the most. He targeted Fitzgerald early and often, including in the red zone, another shortcoming of Gabbert's. In the end, Stanton was still himself, throwing two interceptions, narrowly avoiding several more turnovers, and missing key throws. Stanton is a stable, solid veteran who can keep you afloat, which is both admirable and valuable, but it is troublesome when that is viewed as an upgrade over the previous player.

2017 Week 10 vs SEA (24 / 47 / 273 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Stanton put forth a truly admirable performance Thursday night. Scrambling frequently and taking hits often, Stanton gave full effort to provide enough of an offensive spark to overcome the division rival. The combination of injuries, poor offensive play around him, and his own shortcomings unfortunately prevented that from happening. Stanton's biggest issue, his inaccuracy, plagued him early and often, but far too often his supporting cast failed to help their Quarterback. Whether it was the makeshift offensive line, now without DJ Humphries, who was lost to a knee injury in the first quarter, or the receiving corps dropping nearly every contested catch, Stanton was consistently failed by those around him. The Cardinals were always going to have to play near perfect to walk away with a win, a tall order considering the team's overall health and talent, but it remains disappointing to see a backup quarterback at least attempt to rise to the occasion while so many of the team's starters never could.

2017 Week 9 vs SF (15 / 30 / 201 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)

Filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, Stanton gave the team exactly what it could expect out of the longtime backup. Big play ability, a full grasp of the offense, and accuracy issues that hamper too many drives. Stanton was good enough on Sunday, to earn a win against a team utterly deplete of talent, but showed nothing to provide any optimism against a more talented opponent. Stanton's first touchdown to Jaron Brown involved a bit of luck on a broken play, but his second to Jermaine Gresham on a skinny-post inside the numbers displayed both a nice pass and catch. Unfortunately, the team went back to that well on a subsequent red zone opportunity, but this time poor ball placement resulted in Stanton's lone interception of the day. Of course the issues do not stem solely from Stanton, the same protection and lack of playmaking the offense had under Palmer persists, Stanton is just less adept to overcome it. Thursday's matchup against Seattle will present a much more difficult task and far better judge of this team's second half potential.

2017 Week 7 vs LAR (5 / 14 / 62 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Stanton came in for the injured Palmer and the is little positive that can be said. Stanton's interception led to an easy Rams touchdown and he consistently overthrew his targets. Arians was adamant after the game that Stanton would be the team's starter going forward, so expect the offensive struggles to continue.

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Cardinals | Arizona will be aggressive in QB search (Tue Feb 13, 02:58 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QBs Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton will likely be competing with another quarterback this offseason for the starting quarterback job. Team owner Michael Bidwill said the Cardinals will be aggressive in their search for a new starting quarterback following the retirement of QB Carson Palmer.

Our View: The Cardinals may not be players in the free agent market. We don't see them going after potentially available guys like Kirk Cousins or Case Keenum. However, we do see the Cardinals moving up in the draft for a potential franchise quarterback. They currently have the 15th overall pick, but a move inside the top-10 for someone like Josh Allen (Wyoming) would not be a surprise.
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