Drew Stanton QB ARI Apr 03 '13

Drew Stanton will be Carson Palmer's backup this season.

Stanton was poised to finally get his shot as an NFL starter until the Cardinals swung the trade for Palmer. Now he'll revert back to his familiar clipboard-holding role. Stanton has started just four games in his six-year career.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 21 '13

According to the Associated Press, there's "no doubt" the Cardinals are leaning toward Drew Stanton as their starter.

On Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians insisted his team doesn't need to hunt for a quarterback. "We already found one," he said. Arians may be sending up a smokescreen, but his faith in Drew Stanton appears real. Stanton knows the system after spending last year as Andrew Luck's backup, has good arm strength and has gone 2-2 as an NFL starter. "I have all the confidence in the world with him being our starter," Arians said. Stanton should be viewed as a bridge to the Cardinals' long-term solution at quarterback.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 20 '13

Coach Bruce Arians said he intends to name a starting quarterback early in the offseason.

Arians said he wants competition throughout his roster, but not at the quarterback position. That's good news for Drew Stanton, who already knows Arians' scheme and is considered the leader in the clubhouse. His main competition will come from John Skelton and a possible draft pick, although Arians claims he won't be drafting for need in April.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 18 '13

When asked if he thinks his starting quarterback is currently on the roster, coach Bruce Arians said there is a "very capable one" in Drew Stanton.

"Drew knows the offense, he is more than capable of doing it. If he is our guy, I am comfortable," Arians said. Arians says he's comfortable with Stanton because he already knows the offense, but he wasn't guaranteeing him the job. We fully expect a competition for the job this summer between Stanton, one or two of the current in-house signal callers, and a high- to mid-round draft pick. Stanton clearly has an early leg up, though.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 15 '13

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Total Access Friday that the Cardinals are unlikely to draft a quarterback at No. 7 overall.

Arizona at No. 7 is the popular landing spot for West Virginia's Geno Smith in mock drafts. "What I do here from the Cardinals, it's unlikely that they would draft a quarterback in the first round," Rapoport reported. "So it looks like going into the 2013 season, it's gonna be (Brian) Hoyer versus (Drew) Stanton." The Cards also have John Skelton and Ryan Lindley on the roster, and they could both be placed on the trade block. If Arizona is going to move the ball on offense in 2013, they're going to need some serious Bruce Arians magic.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 13 '13

New Cardinals QB Drew Stanton was promised a chance to compete for the starting job.

Stanton came to the right place if he wants to gain control of a team for the first time in his career. Kevin Kolb could end up cut if he can't work out a contract renegotiation, John Skelton/Ryan Lindley have repeatedly faceplanted and Brian Hoyer is just as unproven. Stanton knows Bruce Arians' offense well after watching Andrew Luck operate it all last season.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 13 '13

Cardinals signed QB Drew Stanton to a three-year contract.

29-year-old Stanton immediately becomes the favorite to start at quarterback in Arizona, although that'll be subject to change. Stanton learned Bruce Arians' offense in Indianapolis last season, holding the clipboard for Andrew Luck. Stanton is 2-2 in his career as a starter with a 5:9 TD-to-INT ratio. He possesses plenty of arm strength and plus-yardage scrambling ability, but has scattershot accuracy and is not a long-term solution.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 12 '13

Free agent Drew Stanton will visit the Cardinals.

He's reportedly "en route" to Phoenix. Stanton would be joining a quarterback stew in Arizona, and would have to win a camp competition to earn the starting job. For free agent QBs looking for a legit path to playing time, Arizona is by far the best bet.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Mar 12 '13

The Bucs have reportedly reached out to free agent quarterbacks Drew Stanton and Chase Daniel.

The Bucs are in the market for an upgrade on current backup Dan Orlovsky. Stanton and Daniel are two buzzworthy prospects, but could be looking for a better shot at a starting gig. Neither would truly push Josh Freeman.

Drew Stanton QB ARI Feb 24 '131 Comment

Citing a league source, the Palm Beach Post echoes a Tony Pauline report that the Cardinals may pursue Drew Stanton in free agency.

Stanton knows new coach Bruce Arians' offense after backing up Andrew Luck in 2012, and could be an adequate backup with a decent combination of arm strength and athleticism. We don't think he's be a realistic candidate to start.