Stanton completed four of six passes for 53 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's 24-14 preseason win over the Falcons.
Head coach Bruce Arians stated earlier in the week that Stanton had a firm hold on the No. 2 quarterback job, and he did nothing to hurt that standing in Saturday's win. The 33-year-old former second-round pick fired a 21-yard touchdown to John Brown on his second of three possessions, after having led the Cardinals to a field goal on his initial drive. Stanton played only one more possession before yielding to Blaine Gabbert, but he could potentially draw the start for next Thursday's preseason finale against the Broncos.
Stanton has a stranglehold on the backup quarterback job in Arizona, Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic reports.
Head coach Bruce Arians stated the obvious Tuesday, but questions were raised after Blaine Gabbert led six scoring drives in the preseason through three games, four of them resulting in touchdowns. Clearly, Stanton's knowledge of the offense is the overriding factor in Arians' mind. The only question now is whether Gabbert's performance is enough to keep three signal-callers on the 53-man roster.
Coach Bruce Arians said Blaine Gabbert still has a long ways to go in his bid to unseat Stanton as the backup quarterback, Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com reports.
Gabbert created a bit of buzz with his strong showing in the Hall of Fame Game, but Stanton's wealth of experience in Arians' system still leaves him as a strong favorite to retain the backup job. However, Gabbert's presence and his overall performance thus far does put more pressure on Stanton than what he's faced the past couple years.
Stanton won't be available for Thursday's Hall of Fame game against the Cowboys, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Head coach Bruce Arians is giving the elder statesmen of the QB room (Stanton and starter Carson Palmer) the night off, thereby giving Blaine Gabbert an opportunity to display his knowledge of the offense. Stanton is in a pseudo competition with Gabbert for the backup role, but with four years in the system, the former would likely only lose the spot if Gabbert impresses thoroughly in the preseason.
Stanton will compete with Blaine Gabbert to serve as Carson Palmer's primary backup this season, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Stanton has been called upon multiple times to keep the offense afloat without Palmer the past four years. However, Stanton's performance was less than inspiring last season, including an 11-for-28 performance for 124 yards and two touchdowns in his sole start in Week 5 for a concussed Palmer. Gabbert didn't fare much better in San Francisco before he was pushed to clipboard duty by Colin Kaepernick, but his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame and presumed arm strength fits the mold of QB desired by head coach Bruce Arians. In the end, whoever impresses most in the preseason between Stanton and Gabbert may land the only roster spot behind Palmer if the need arises elsewhere in the locker room.
|5||10/8/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ LAR||1:00 pm|
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|9||11/5/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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