Is Drew Stanton Poised to Become a Household Name?
That includes looking to the roster of his former team, and it appears that a once highly touted quarterback may get one more shot at turning around his NFL career in the desert.
Dan Pompei of The Chicago Tribune reports that Drew Stanton, who served as Andrew Luck's backup last year with the Indianapolis Colts, could be headed to Arizona this offseason, as Arians reportedly "was impressed with how Stanton performed in preseason and practiced all season with the Colts."
With all due respect to Stanton, this move, if it indeed comes to pass, says a lot more about just how dire the quarterback situation is for the Cardinals than it does about Drew Stanton's abilities under center.
Granted, Stanton is a former second-round pick who topped 6,500 passing yards during a storied career at Michigan State. He was considered one of the top prospects at his position entering the 2007 NFL draft, and at the time, the Detroit Lions selected Stanton in the hopes that he might be their quarterback of the future.
However, the fact that the quarterbacks chosen ahead of him were JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Kevin Kolb and John Beck tells you about all you need to know about that year's crop of talent at quarterback, and Stanton has never come anywhere close to living up to his draft slot.
A knee injury wiped out Stanton's rookie season before it ever really got started, and things haven't gotten much better since.
It was Stanton's third season before he started a game. That season could best be qualified as a disaster, given that Stanton failed to throw a single touchdown pass, tossed six interceptions and posted a quarterback rating of 26.
Stanton fared a bit better in 2010, winning two of the three games he started, while completing 58 percent passes and throwing four touchdown passes versus three interceptions.
With that said, even in that season Stanton posted a quarterback rating of less than 80, and it also marked the last time Stanton saw the field in a regular season game.
That's the reason why this move smells like much ado about nothing.
Sure, Arians has a reputation as a quarterbacks guru, a coach who has always gotten the most out of his signal-caller, including an excellent rookie season from Andrew Luck a season ago.
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If Pompei's report is to be believed, then it also appears that Arians has seen something he likes in Stanton, and the Cardinals would certainly seem to be attractive destination for the six-year veteran, given that as things stand today, Stanton would have a shot at earning the starting job.
However, that says more about the sad state of the quarterback position in Arizona than it does about Stanton the player, and it's awfully hard to imagine Stanton suddenly morphing into a quality starter, especially behind the Cardinals' atrocious offensive line,
Would it be a solid signing for the Cardinals? Sure. It was demonstrated very aptly last year, after Kevin Kolb went down, that not only does Arizona need talent at the position, but they also need depth.
If Drew Stanton is the opening day starter, however, then odds are it's going to be another long year for fans of the Redbirds, because to this point in his career, Drew Stanton has been much less Cinderella than ugly stepsister.
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