Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Stanton completed 11 of 28 passes for 124 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Thursday's 33-21 victory over the 49ers. He also lost two yards on two rushes.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backup did just enough to help the Cardinals grab the much-needed win, while also benefitting from the three turnovers the defense forced and a standout effort from David Johnson. Stanton found Larry Fitzgerald for both of his touchdown passes, with the initial one coming from 21 yards out following the first of two picks of Blaine Gabbert. Stanton then led a six-play, 71-yard drive early in the third quarter that he capped off with a 29-yard scoring dart to Fitzgerald, extending the Cardinals lead to 21-7 at the time. In completing well under 50 percent of his passes and averaging a meager 4.4 yards per attempt, the 32-year-old was clearly not the driving force behind the win, but also didn't turn the ball over. With 11 days before a Week 6 Monday night matchup against the Jets, Carson Palmer (concussion) stands a good chance of returning as the starter, with Stanton reverting to his customary backup role.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Stanton will start in place of Carson Palmer (concussion) for Thursday's contest at San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The NFL's protocol for head injuries exists to protect players from returning too soon, and without clearance from an independent neurologist -- let alone an appearance in practice this week -- Palmer won't make the trip to the Bay Area. Consequently, Stanton will handle quarterback duties for the Cardinals in Week 5, as he did in eight starts during the 2014 campaign. Stanton didn't exactly prosper, though, completing 55 percent of his passes, averaging 203 yards per game, and recording a 6:5 TD:INT ratio.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Stanton will likely serve as the Cardinals' starting quarterback Thursday in San Francisco with Carson Palmer (concussion) unlikely to play.

EDGE Analysis

In relief of Palmer and the Cardinals seeking a game-winning drive, Stanton wasn't up to the task, completing four of 11 passes for 37 yards and two interceptions. Previously, Stanton started eight games during the 2014 season for Palmer, and while he led the team to five victories, he managed a miserable 54.9 completion percentage, 203.3 passing yards per game, and a 6:5 TD:INT ratio, which translated to a 76.3 quarterback rating.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Stanton completed four of 11 attempts for 37 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Stanton got two cracks at the Los Angeles defense in the closing minutes of the game and turned the ball over on both drives. If Carson Palmer, who exited Sunday's game to undergo concussion protocol, misses any time - recent history says to expect more turnovers for the opposing defense. In his last seven outings in which he has attempted 10 or more passes, Stanton has a touchdown:interception ratio of four:nine, including four picks and no touchdowns in his last two such appearances.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
3 months ago

Stanton will be the Cardinals' No. 2 quarterback, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

No. 3 quarterback Matt Barkley had a nice showing in Sunday's preseason game against the Texans, but his roster fate will ultimately still depend on whether the Cardinals are willing keep three quarterbacks. Stanton is locked in as Carson Palmer's top backup.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
9 months ago

The Cardinals and Stanton agreed to terms of a two-year contract Tuesday, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rather than test the open market, the unrestricted free agent will remain in Arizona to serve as Carson Palmer's backup. While he took snaps in seven games last season, Stanton went 5-3 in Palmer's stead in 2014, completing 132 of 240 passes for 1,711 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. While the production is underwhelming, he appears to be choosing comfort in head coach Bruce Arians' system rather than diving into a new playbook in his age-32 season.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
11 months ago

Stanton was 8-for-18 passing for a season-high 84 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Because Carson Palmer remained upright this season, Stanton was barely utilized, throwing a combined seven passes and recording numerous kneel downs in six outings prior to the season finale. However, Stanton made a surprise appearance on the Cardinals' first drive after halftime, and head coach Bruce Arians revealed that an exchange of Palmer for Stanton was the plan all along in a postgame press conference. This matchup with the Seahawks didn't include numerous fist pumps and a rockette-esque kick from Stanton, as the Cardinals' offense sputtered to a measly 110 yards, two punts, and a pair of picks with the nine-year veteran under center. After two weeks to prepare for a divisional round contest, Palmer will usurp Stanton when the Cardinals next take the field on Jan. 16.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
12 months ago

Stanton completed his sole pass for six yards and recorded three carries for minus-three yards in Sunday's win at St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

When Stanton records such a line, Carson Palmer has directed a convincing victory while avoiding injury, which has so far occurred three times this season. No matter how often Stanton appears, all is well in the Arizona desert as long as his cameos are brief.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
1 year ago

Stanton (knee) led the second-team offense in last week's minicamp, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Stanton was able to participate in the entire offseason program, meaning the sprained ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain suffered in Week 15 last season is behind him. Meanwhile, with Carson Palmer (knee) cleared for 11-on-11 work, Stanton predictably moved back to his expected role as the Cardinals' backup quarterback, where he'll reside in case of emergency.

Drew Stanton
QB ARI (9)
2 years ago

Stanton said Tuesday that he'll be able to take part in all football activities during the offseason, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

After suffering a sprained ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 15, Stanton didn't helm the offense for the rest of the regular season and even required surgery to combat an infection on Dec. 24. Heading into the playoffs, there was a belief within the Cardinals' organization that he may be able to suit up, if the team emerged victorious in the Wild Card round. Alas, that didn't come to pass, and coach Bruce Arians was required to trust in Ryan Lindley due to the absence of Carson Palmer (knee). With offseason workouts underway, Stanton admitted that he may take a cautious approach with his conditioning, but if Palmer's recovery from a torn ACL is at all delayed, Stanton is the clear option to fill in as the No. 1 signal caller.