QB Drew Stanton - Free Agent

6-3, 235Born: 5-7-1984College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 2007

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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.

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 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 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 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.

2016 Week 4 vs LA (4 / 11 / 37 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Stanton entered the game late for the injured Palmer and promptly threw two interceptions. Stanton has been effective in spot starts the last few seasons, but will face a tall order getting prepared for a mid-week game with a team clearly in a bit of a tailspin.

2016 Week 5 vs SF (11 / 28 / 124 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, and with a short week for preparation, Stanton was able to provide the Cardinals with just enough of a passing game to help eek out a vital win against a truly bad 49ers team. That does not mean Stanton was good, or even competent for the vast majority of the evening, but in a game featuring two underperforming, injured teams, and little preparation time, two or three plays can often be what swings the outcome. For Stanton, connecting twice with Larry Fitzgerald on touchdown passes while not turning the ball over proved enough to overcome the other inefficiencies. Stanton struggled throwing deep, connecting only once on a pass over 20-yards, and was inaccurate most of the night, sailing short and intermediate passes and frequently throwing behind receivers. This is well reflected in his sub-50 completion percentage and paltry 4.4 yards per pass. Some of these issues were expected, it is tough for a backup quarterback to develop the chemistry necessary for timing routes with such little practice time, others are just issues that have plagued Stanton throughout his career. With ten days until the Cardinals suit up again on Monday night, the hope around the team is that Palmer will be healthy and back under center, but if the concussion effects persist, Stanton will have to play significantly better if the team is going to achieve the same result.

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.

2014 Week 5 vs DEN (11 / 26 / 118 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Stanton left the game midway through the third quarter on Sunday with a concussion, and prior to that played with mixed results. Stanton was more a victim of his circumstances then anything else, suffering from the offensive line's worst performance of the season as well as an uncharacteristically high number of drops from his receivers. Still, Coach Arians has harped on the offense's inability to score touchdowns in the red zone, and that trend carried through against the Broncos. Both of Stanton's more successful first half drives stalled out into field goal conversions, and his only TD conversion came when an interception set up the ball at the Denver's 5-yard line. That said, with a 2nd string quarterback perfection shouldn't be expected, and his teammates simply did not do enough to lift him up. His concussion will leave him questionable going forward, but Stanton once again proved he's capable of success in this league.

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.

2014 Week 13 vs ATL (24 / 39 / 294 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Whether more due to opposing team's altering their defensive schemes, or simply a regression to the mean, Drew Stanton has come crashing back down to earth. After a successful early-season Carson Palmer imitation, Stanton's same accuracy issues dating back to his college career are once again plaguing him. Stanton's inaccuracy was noticeable in just about every facet on Sunday. He missed open receivers, his ball placement was poor on many of the throws he connected on, and of course there were the two interceptions, which easily could have been four. That isn't to say the offensive woes are solely on Stanton's shoulders, there have been protection breakdowns and a multitude of mental errors across the entire offense, but without the big-plays which have been taken away the last two weeks, Stanton's shown no ability to consistently drive this team down the field for scoring opportunities.

2014 Week 14 vs KC (15 / 30 / 239 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)

After two poor road performances, it was clear from the start of Sunday's game that getting Drew Stanton comfortable early was the team's primary goal. The Cardinals came out in very basic formations with short drops and quick, defined reads. The results were mixed; Stanton certainly seemed more comfortable, but offensive drives were capping out with field goal opportunities. But the recipe for success this season with Cardinals' quarterbacks has been well established by now, and on Sunday Stanton gave us another vintage performance of just that. The numbers were not gaudy, and there were plenty of misses, but Stanton was able to connect on two big-time throws, and not turn the ball over. The first of Stanton's day-defining throws came early in the 3rd quarter with the team facing a 2nd-10 from their own 39-yard line. From the shotgun, with two receivers bunched wide to Stanton's right, and Fitzgerald in tight on his left, Stanton faced pressure as soon as he hit the last step in his drop. After climbing the pocket and shading to the left hash mark, Stanton unleashed a beautifully thrown ball right into the hands of a streaking Michael Floyd down the right sideline for 45 yards leading to a field goal. While that was arguably Stanton's best throw of the day, his most important came on their next offensive possession. Facing a 3rd-18 after a disastrous sack pushed them back to the Chief's 26-yard line, the Cardinals came out in a 5-wide set with WR Jaron Brown in the slot to Stanton's left. Brown utilized a great move off the line to gain separation from his defender, and simply ran a vertical route right up the seam. With the safety biting just enough on TE John Carlson's curl route, Stanton was able to float one up over the Chief's defender and right into Brown's hands for an excellent touchdown throw.

2014 Week 15 vs STL (12 / 20 / 109 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

For two-and-a-half quarters, Drew Stanton played quality, smart football. He made quick, decisive reads, protected to football and played within the run-heavy, conservative game plan. Twice he was able to pick up big yards on deep throws to Michael Floyd, first with a 49-yard completion then later with a 36-yard pass interference penalty. Maybe most impressively of all, Stanton hardly felt any pressure against the hottest defense in the league. That all changed on one awful play midway through the 3rd quarter, when the Rams notched their first sack of the night and almost certainly ended Drew Stanton's season with a knee injury. The look on Stanton's face as he was carted off the field mirrored that of Carson Palmer's, who coincidently enough saw his season end at the hands of this very same defense just a few weeks before. If now is the time to eulogize Stanton's season, then it should be spoken about in glowing terms. The numbers were not pretty, and quite frankly neither were a lot of the passes, but he did more than any fan can hope for from their backup, making huge throws in every game that directly contributed to the end result. The Cardinals would not be 11-3 without Drew Stanton. Nothing about that sentence makes any sense, but nothing about this Cardinals season has either. Update: Local reporter Mike Jureki stated its believed Stanton has a sprained ACL and a Grade-2 MCL sprain. Coach Arians said Stanton was week-to-week but doubtful for next Sunday's game against Seattle.

2010 Week 6 vs NYG (19 / 34 / 222 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 30 / 0 rush)

When Hill went down with his broken arm, the Lions were forced to turn to their last quarterback, Drew Stanton. The Giants went after him early and often and Stanton found himself under constant pressure for most of the game. While he did not look like a world-beater, Stanton held his own and at times looked good. Near the end of the game, Stanton was flushed from the pocket, but kept the play alive with his feet, scrambling for 20 yards. During the run Stanton didn't look like he would win any races with Usain Bolt, but he showed good awareness of his field position, incoming defenders and where he needed to slide in order to get his first down. Stanton was able to do it with his arm on occasion as well, throwing an 87 yards bomb. On the play, Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas fell a bit behind Calvin Johnson and appeared to stumble, allowing Johnson to catch the ball with nobody in sight. It was a good throw, basically into double coverage but put where only Johnson was getting it short of a very good play. Stanton had his down moments - he lost a fumble and threw a pick to end the game. On the pick, tight end Brandon Pettigrew was knocked off his route but Stanton still threw the ball too high and it went off Pettigrew's fingertips and into Giant defender Antrel Rolle's hands. Stanton is a good gate keeper; you wouldn't want him long term but as a placeholder until Matthew Stafford comes back, he is serviceable.

2010 Week 9 vs NYJ (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Stanton came in late in the fourth and was not asked to do much - save hit Jerome Felton on a short screen. Stanton got the ball there but Felton dropped it, stopping the clock. Stanton did not get another chance to throw, as the Jets tied the game, won the toss to start over time and then promptly marched down the field for the win.

2010 Week 13 vs CHI (16 / 24 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 12 / 1 rush)

Third string QB, playing the Bears....seems like a recipe for disaster. Yet Drew Stanton hung in there and played a pretty solid game. Much like Cutler, Stanton was being chased for the majority of the game. However he didn't throw any INT's and has his team in the game right until the end. The problem for Stanton is that he refused to go downfield and kept everything short. The one time he did go downfield, with very little time on the clock in the first half, Calvin Johnson caught the ball and went for a TD. But other than that, he barely looked Johnson's way, instead continuing to dump the ball off to the tight end and running backs. Much of that was due to the pass rush, but much was due to Stanton being ultra-conservative. But in the end, leading your team to 20 points and not turning the ball over is a solid day at the office for any 3rd string QB.

2010 Week 14 vs GB (10 / 22 / 117 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 44 / 0 rush)

Stanton had a poor day with the passing game. His saving grace was a touchdown strike that proved to be all the Lions would need for the victory, and a handful of called QB keeper plays that worked well each time. He showed good poise in the pocket, and was smart enough to know that Calvin Johnson was his best bet as a target, but in most cases did little more that throw in his general direction and hope for the best. Unfortunately that wasn't enough on all but one play, which Johnson actually did catch for a 44 yard gain. On the plus side, his chemistry with Johnson seemed to improve somewhat as the game went on, and he was willing to take a hit in order to sling it downfield. But the fact remains, Stanton's best weapon is his mobility, and until he can combine that with throwing accuracy while on the run, it will only get him so far.

2010 Week 15 vs TB (23 / 37 / 252 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 24 / 0 rush)

Stanton played well for the Lions as he threw for 252 yards and a score through the air, and added 24 yards on two rushing attempts on the ground. He made plays when he had to, and figured out to just get the ball to WR Calvin Johnson as much as possible, even if that meant just throwing it up and letting him go and get it. His score came on a first quarter pass to WR Nate Burleson, when he hit the wideout on a short hitch and Burleson muscled his way into the end zone. Stanton made a big play in overtime, when he connected with Johnson on a big 12 yard gain on 3rd and 8 that helped lead to the winning field goal.

2009 Week 6 vs GB (5 / 11 / 57 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Stanton entered the game in the 3rd quarter after starter Dante Culpepper injured his right hamstring. Stanton promptly threw an INT, however the blame should go to Dennis Northcutt as he tipped it up in the air for the INT. Drew also forced the ball into the end zone late for another INT. Despite the mistakes it was a mixed bag for Stanton as at times he showed good pocket presence and a quick release and at others he held the ball too long and took unnecessary sacks. If Stafford and Culpepper are unable to play following Detroit's bye week, Stanton could see a rare start. At this point he remains a long shot as a waiver wire pickup though.

2009 Week 15 vs ARI (10 / 19 / 72 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)

Stanton got in the game and promptly threw an interception. While he played with more spirit than Culpepper, he wasn't really any better. The big plays to bring the Lions back were on defense and in the running game, although Stanton did lead the drive to tie the game in the fourth quarter. He was erratic passing from the pocket, but looked better on the run. Stanton was also willing to sacrifice his body when he would break from the pocket. The sad reality is that the Lions don't have even a backup quality QB on the roster after Matthew Stafford.

2009 Week 16 vs SF (11 / 21 / 130 / 0 / 3 pass, 6 / 23 / 0 rush)

Stanton started out the game strong but quickly deteriorated and eventually folded under the pressure of the 49er defense. He locked on to Calvin Johnson early as his favorite target, and frequently tried to force the ball into him, even when he was double covered. By the second half, he was missing his receivers badly, and the interceptions that he threw were all his fault. On his final one, the pass to Calvin Johnson was a good decision, and if he would have led Johnson properly, it might have even been a touchdown. Instead, the pass was thrown behind Johnson and was easily picked off. He was eventually pulled for Culpepper in the fourth quarter. The Lions do not want to go quietly, and Stanton's performance this week could mean that Culpepper starts next week against the Bears.

2008 Week 10 vs JAX (6 / 8 / 94 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

QB Drew Stanton relieved QB Daunte Culpepper in the second half. He was sacked five times but managed to lead the team on a garbage time scoring drive that culminated in a one yard touchdown by RB Kevin Smith. Stanton also replaced Culpepper in the first quarter for two plays in the red zone that culminated with a touchdown pass to TE John Owen.

2008 Week 12 vs TB (2 / 6 / 13 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Stanton entered the game after the Buccaneers jumped out to their big lead and completed two of six attempts for 13 yards before he left the game with an apparent concussion.

2008 Week 16 vs NO (1 / 3 / 12 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

Stanton replaced Dan Orlovsky in the fourth quarter. He hit on only one of his three attempts. He underthrew John Standeford, who ran a nice route to get open in the end zone, then did not see Keary Colbert wide open in the end zone on fourth down. He took off running prematurely and was sacked for a two yard loss. Earlier Stanton was able to run for a 15 yard gain down the middle.