Upon the introduction of Carson Palmer coach Bruce Arians started by saying “…And here’s the starting quarterback…” In turn putting any quarterback competition to bed even if Drew Stanton was a disciple of Arians’ system and one of his first moves as the new coach.
Although Carson Palmer has shown he can take a hit with the only major injury being the infamous knee clip years ago which would have been troublesome for any quarterback, Palmer has been sacked up to 26 times a season since 2008. There’s plenty of evidence to show Palmer’s “grit” but should Stanton not get comfortable holding the clipboard?
Looking at the preseason, the Cardinals start with the Packers, which drafted Datone Jones who may try to make a name for himself week 1. The following week the O-Line has to watch for DeMarcus Ware and Monte Kiffin’s always-productive defense.
After the Cowboys, it gets real interesting as Palmer faces San Diego, which has given Palmer fits in seasons past and has Manti Te’o.
Te’o was drafted through a trade with Arizona. Manti also may try to make a name for himself by showing that his 40-yard combine time is different from game time speed. The final preseason game which thankfully has the starters usually only playing a series is against the Broncos, who may have the most sacks against Palmer since 2006 with 12.
In all likelihood Palmer, should survive the preseason, and so we move onto the regular season. In Weeks 1-6 Carson will have to keep tabs on players like Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah, Chris Long, Terelle Suggs, a rugged Gregg Schiano defence and Carolina Defense that has Jon Beason, Luke Kuechly and first round pick Star Lotulelei.
Oh, and there’s that award-winning Aldon Smith who gets the first of two games against Carson in the beginning part of the season. So, will Drew Stanton see the field? I have gone on record as a fan of the rebuilt offensive line and the new coaching staff aiding them. As long as they stay healthy and a good rotation is utilized I think Carson Palmer will survive the season and stay healthy.
Now that I have detailed situations that may create a chance for Stanton to see the field, let’s look at a glimpse of what to expect if my prediction of a quality O-Line should fail.
Drew Stanton’s first touchdown was a quarterback sneak against the Cardinals while in Detroit. Many of the highlights I viewed were rushing touchdowns, which has me excited to know that there is a younger and mobile quarterback waiting.
I saw many throws that were 60 plus yards and accurate which will translate well to Arians’ system and is a reason he was recruited in Indianapolis and to Arizona. One throw in particular helped win the game against the Bengals as he tossed a 65 yard bomb to an open streaking receiver who didn’t have to break stride.
Stanton’s mobility stands out the most though with many rushing scores, including a game winner against the Broncos. I tried to save the best part of his resume for last which may be forgotten by most but something to look forward to if he gets on the field, His infamous “Dougie” dance.