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Drew Stanton | Quarterback | #5

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 243
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (43) / DET
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Cardinals backup QB Drew Stanton was told he will get a shot at the starting job once Carson Palmer retires.
Stanton re-signed on a two-year deal in March partly because of the potential starting opportunity. "I’ve found a great situation here in Arizona. Who knows how long Carson will play for," Stanton said. "I’ve had at-length discussions with everybody in the franchise (about the fact) that there’s a chance for me to be able to start when he’s done. So that’s the whole goal of all this." Palmer is nearing the end at 36, but Stanton is already 32-years-old himself. If he does eventually get a starting opportunity in Arizona, it will likely be as a veteran bridge to a younger quarterback. Jul 4 - 10:47 AM

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Cardinals re-signed QB Drew Stanton to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.

Turning 32 in May, Stanton made it known he'd like to compete for a starting job outside of Arizona, but no teams offered him that opportunity. Stanton is big, athletic, and strong with a powerful arm, but he never developed into a starter due to flawed accuracy. He's basically a rich man's Tim Tebow. Stanton's re-signing locks in Matt Barkley as Arizona's third-string quarterback.
Mar 8 - 6:33 PM

Drew Stanton (knee) has no limitations for OTAs.

Stanton will get the majority of first-team reps with Carson Palmer sidelined. He was forced into nine starts last year, throwing for 1,711 yards with a 7:5 TD/INT ratio. Stanton is owed $2.5M in the final year of his contract.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 06:52:00 PM

Drew Stanton said he doesn't need any further surgery on his knee.

Stanton was forced into nine starts this season, going 132-of-240 (55.0%) for 1,711 yards (7.12 YPA) with seven touchdowns, five interceptions and a 78.7 passer rating. He rode Todd Bowles' defense to a 6-3 record. A serviceable backup lacking an ability to carry a team, Stanton will likely return as Carson Palmer's clipboard holder in 2015. He's under contract for $2.45M in salary.
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 08:52:00 AM

Cardinals declared QB Drew Stanton, WR Brittan Golden, S Chris Clemons, OG Jonathan Cooper, NT Alameda Ta’amu, OG Anthony Steen, and DE Kareem Martin inactive for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Panthers.

There are no surprises. NT Dan Williams (foot) is active. Stanton will have his knee examined this week, but is unlikely to be available if Arizona advances.
Sat, Jan 3, 2015 03:10:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cardinals QB Drew Stanton will have his recently-scoped knee examined this week, but there is "not a lot of optimism."

Stanton hopes to play in the Divisional Round if the Cardinals get past the Panthers on Saturday, but that appears to be a pipe dream. Stanton's season is likely over.
Sat, Jan 3, 2015 12:32:00 PM

Drew Stanton (knee) has been ruled out for the Wild Card Round.

Ryan Lindley will start again. Stanton never really had a good chance of playing against the Panthers. Logan Thomas will back up Lindley at Carolina.
Thu, Jan 1, 2015 03:01:00 PM

Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Stanton would need to return to practice by Thursday to start against the Panthers and isn't expected to play this week. He should be considered questionable for a potential Divisional Round game.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Drew Stanton (knee) would have to practice by Thursday to play in Saturday's Wild Card game.

The Cardinals keep insisting there's a chance Stanton might suit up against the Panthers, but it's not going to happen. He'd be highly questionable for a potential Divisional Round tilt.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:48:00 PM

GM Steve Keim said the team is "hopeful" Drew Stanton (knee) can play in Saturday's Wild Card game at Carolina.

The Cardinals are officially calling Stanton day to day. However, he's dealing with a serious sprain in his knee and reportedly underwent surgery to clean up an infection. We'll consider him very questionable for a game the 11-5 Cardinals are a four-point underdog in against the 7-8-1 Panthers.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Cardinals declared QB Drew Stanton, WR Brittan Golden, S Chris Clemons, LB Larry Foote, G Jonathan Cooper, G Anthony Steen, and DE Kareem Martin inactive for Week 17 at San Francisco.

Ryan Lindley is getting another start at quarterback.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 02:55:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Drew Stanton (knee) underwent surgery to clear an infection and may miss the remainder of the season.

The infection was discovered Wednesday, and Stanton immediately underwent surgery. Prior to that, he had been recovering well from his sprained MCL and ACL with an eye on returning for the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. The Cardinals will be forced to ride Ryan Lindley as a far as he can take them, which will likely be one-and-done in the postseason. It's a shame for an 11-4 team.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

The Cardinals are hoping Stanton can get in some limited work later in the week. Coach Bruce Arians said there's an 85 percent chance he'll be back for the playoffs. Logan Thomas will start in the regular-season finale.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said there's a 85 percent chance Drew Stanton (knee) is back for the playoffs.

It's gotten so bad in Arizona that they're on Stanton Watch, desperate for the sub-average backup to heal up. Logan Thomas will start in Week 17 at San Francisco, with Ryan Lindley ready to come in if things go awry. Even if the Cardinals beat the Niners, they'll be playing in a Wild Card game the following week unless the Seahawks lose to the Rams at home.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 09:18:00 AM

Drew Stanton (knee) is expected to practice "some" in Week 17, but won't start against the 49ers.

The Cardinals have already announced they'll be going with rookie Logan Thomas for the regular-season finale. Their aim with Stanton is getting him ready for the Wild Card round. The early signs suggest he will be able to go.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Andre Ellington
4Stepfan Taylor
GLB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3J.J. Nelson
WR21Michael Floyd
2John Brown
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
2Jermaine Gresham
3Troy Niklas
LT1Jared Veldheer
LG1Mike Iupati
2Earl Watford
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Evan Boehm
RG1Evan Mathis
2John Wetzel
RT1D.J. Humphries
2Cole Toner
K1Chandler Catanzaro