The Arizona Cardinals have nothing left to play for, but they’re still making a quarterback change.
Coach Bruce Arians announced Monday that Drew Stanton will start in favor of Blaine Gabbert on Sunday against the New York Giants.
BA said the team will start Drew Stanton at QB this week.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 18, 2017
Stanton had been playing ahead of Gabbert until November, when a knee injury knocked him out. Gabbert had been playing just competently enough — the Cardinals even floated the potential of a contract extension for him. However, an awful game that included two turnovers against the Washington Redskins was pretty much the end of that. Stanton won’t be much better, but it’ll be hard for him to be that bad.
The Arizona Cardinals reportedly are signing Matt Barkley to their squad after Drew Stanton injured his knee.
Stanton sprained his knee in Thursday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Sources: Drew Stanton sprained knee Thursday. Blaine Gabbert starts at Houston week 11 if Stanton can’t go. Matt Barkley being brought back.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 11, 2017
Stanton was the Cardinals’ No. 2 quarterback, but he was elevated to starter after Carson Palmer broke his arm. Blaine Gabbert is the backup to Stanton, and he would be in line to start in Week 11 if Stanton cannot play. Barkley would be the team’s third-string QB.
Barkley spent the 2015 season with Arizona.
NFL Week 7 offered another nasty spate of injuries, a few blowouts, and some remarkable performances by numerous players. As usual, though, there were a good number of players who didn’t really show up when their teams needed them to. Be it an unexpected change in plans or simply being outclassed by their opponents, a list of stars and units with high expectations simply left a lot to be desired in Week 7.
Here’s a list of 15 big disappointments from this week’s slate of NFL games.
Few teams had more motivation entering their Week 7 game than the Atlanta Falcons. After blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl last season, the Falcons surely wanted revenge on the Patriots. Instead, they served up a stinker in Foxboro.
Facing what’s been one of the worst defenses in the league this season, the Falcons were shutout nearly the entire game and managed just seven points, which were scored with only around four minutes left in the contest. Atlanta didn’t commit any turnovers, but they found other ways to shoot themselves in the foot. They had one field goal blocked, missed another, and they failed to punch things in from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter. The Falcons were only 2-for-9 on third-down conversions and 1-for-3 on fourth-down conversions. This was not their finest moment.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Bengals
Burfict’s statline was unremarkable, as he contributed four tackles but little else. The real issue is his conduct. The Bengals linebacker was spotted kicking Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in the head as a play came to a halt. This would be bad enough by itself, but it’s even worse when you consider who did it. This is Burfict — one of the league’s dirtiest players — who should really know better by now. He doesn’t, and he’ll probably never learn, and the NFL will probably want to speak with him about this — with good reason.
Drew Stanton proved for certain that nobody in the NFL has as much fun as the backup quarterback on a good team.
As Andre Ellington took the ball up the sidelines on what turned out to be a 48-yard touchdown run to seal the game for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, backup QB Drew Stanton was there to wave him on.
Did I detect a little Frank the Tank action at the end there? Love it.
We also like the remix too:
Drew Stanton: You are NOT the father! REMIX https://t.co/4e0xEuxnir
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 16, 2015
- Drew Stanton
The Arizona Cardinals still have the best record in the NFL, but they were dealt a major blow on Sunday when Carson Palmer went down with a torn ACL. Palmer had provided the Cardinals with stability and veteran leadership at the quarterback position, and he will miss the remainder of the season.
Arizona will now turn to Drew Stanton, who is also a veteran but one with very little starting experience. Despite that, head coach Bruce Arians is confident in Stanton’s ability.
“We can win the Super Bowl with Drew Stanton,” Arians told Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback. “There is no doubt in my mind.”
In four games this season (three starts), Stanton has thrown three touchdown passes and has not turned the ball over. The Cardinals are 2-1 in those games. On Sunday, Stanton threw a perfect 48-yard strike to wide receiver John Brown that turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.
Despite injuries to several key players, the Cardinals are the only 8-1 team in the league. They have played the “next man up” card perfectly, but losing a quarterback — one who just inked a three-year, $50 million extension — is always more challenging than losing a player at any other position.
If Arizona’s defense continues to shut opponents down, they should make the playoffs. Time will tell if Stanton’s arm will be enough to carry the team further.
H/T Eye on Football
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.
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:
#Jets are a class organization for doing the right thing. I believe in my players and know what they can do. Glad it all worked out!
— Deryk Gilmore (@DerykGilmore) March 23, 2012
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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