Drew Stanton says Jets told him he could start if Mark Sanchez struggled

The Jets coaches and front office spend a lot of time reassuring the public that they have confidence in Mark Sanchez. It may be a different story behind the scenes. Most people believe New York acquired Tim Tebow to be more than just a backup quarterback, although that’s all he has been through the early part of the season. But what about Drew Stanton?

As you may recall, Stanton was set to be the No. 2 man for the Jets before Tebow came along. He was reportedly promised that the Jets wouldn’t bring in another backup after they signed him, but obviously promises are meant to be broken in the NFL. Not only that, but they told Stanton he would be given a chance to start if Sanchez struggled.

“Had Mark struggled, they said I’d have a chance to play,” Stanton told Bob Glauber of Newsday. “So there was no better opportunity than that, and I was excited about it.”

Assuming Stanton is telling the truth, that doesn’t exactly sound like a franchise that was — or is — confident in its starting quarterback. We know Tebow chose to be traded to New York because of the possibility of beating out Sanchez, but it’s surprising to hear that Stanton signed for a similar reason.

Despite the repeated endorsements from Rex Ryan, it seems pretty obvious that the Jets weren’t fully confident in Sanchez becoming an elite NFL starter this season. Through the first five games of the season, their alleged concerns seem warranted.

H/T Rotoworld

Drew Stanton’s agent Deryk Gilmore blasts Jets, Tim Tebow on Twitter

The Drew Stanton era with the New York Jets is over after only a week. The Jets announced on Friday that they sent the disgruntled, newly signed back-up quarterback to the Colts. Stanton expressed displeasure with the Jets’ acquisition of Tim Tebow because GM Mike Tannenbaum had reportedly already promised Stanton when he signed last week that the team wouldn’t add any more quarterbacks.

The Jets reportedly sent the seventh-round pick they received from the Broncos along with Stanton in exchange for a sixth-round pick from the Colts. Soon after the trade was announced, Stanton’s agent, Deryk Gilmore, took the opportunity to rip the Jets and Tebow on Twitter:

“Excited for the #Colts to get @drewstanton a leader, winner, and QB not a gimmick to sell tickets.”

Burn! In case you weren’t sure what type of relationship Stanton and his people had with the Jets post-Tebow trade, there you go. The tweet, however, has since been taken down and replaced with one that has a more chivalrous tone:

At least this has a happy ending for both sides. Let’s just hope Stanton and Gilmore both already know the Colts are going to draft Andrew Luck.

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Jets reportedly promised Drew Stanton they wouldn’t add another quarterback

We have heard it before and we’ll hear it at least a dozen more times before the offseason comes to a close: the NFL is a business. When Drew Stanton signed with the Jets last week he did so knowing he was No. 2 on the depth chart. Although Mark Sanchez recently received a hefty contract extension, Stanton had to be wondering if he would get his shot if Sanchez’s mediocre play continued next season. Now, that’s not going to happen. Despite the fact that the Jets reportedly assured Stanton they wouldn’t add another quarterback, they went out and signed the game’s biggest celebrity.

“The person they just signed to be their No. 2 quarterback, Drew Stanton, he was promised by General Manager Mike Tannenbaum that they weren’t going to get any other quarterbacks, that they weren’t going to draft a quarterback or get a Tim Tebow,” Jason La Canfora said on NFL Network according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s how they lured Stanton there, with the allure of ‘You’re our No. 2.’ There’s a very good chance Drew Stanton asks for his release or a trade.”

Over the course of a week, Stanton went from next in line behind an unproven starter to buried on the depth chart beneath a recently-extended starter and the most popular backup quarterback in NFL history. If he was naive enough to think an NFL team would stick to their word, that’s his own fault. Things change.

La Canfora also mentioned that Sanchez does not want Tebow in New York. But wait, I thought they were buddies?

Drew Stanton Does the Dougie (Video)

Drew Stanton’s rushing touchdown against the Chicago Bears on Sunday may have been the first of his career, but he looked like a seasoned 2010 veteran with his celebration antics.  By that, I mean he knew enough to do The Dougie.  The Dougie has been the thing to do this year when you make a big play or are just looking to entertain.  Braylon Edwards Dougied on Darius Butler earlier in the season.  The Oregon Duck busted it out when Oregon played Stanford.  John Wall Dougied for way too long at the Wizards home opener and Reid Brignac made everyone feel uncomfortable when he did the dance in the Rays’ locker room after Tampa Bay clinched a playoff berth.

The Lions lost to the Bears, but Stanton had his moment in the first quarter when he put Detroit up early.  It wasn’t pretty, but we’re glad he’s finding a way to have fun.  That’s not an easy thing to do when you play for the Lions.  You can check out the Drew Stanton Dougie video here.