Stanton certainly didn’t look like a quarterback that could compete for a starting job in a couple of years once Palmer retires. One of the reason’s Stanton decided to come back was he was promised a chance to compete for the starting job after Palmer has hung things up.
Stanton threw an incomplete pass on his first attempt, to tight end Jermaine Gresham. That stalled his first drive of the game, leading to a quick three-and-out.
On his second drive of the game, he was intercepted. This was right after the Raiders had scored a touchdown after a fumbled punt return by J.J. Nelson. Not a good start at all.
On his third drive Stanton threw what were arguably his best two passes of the night. Both of those passes I might add were his only two completion. He had a 10-yard pass to tight end Ifeanyi Momah and a 32-yard pass to tight end Troy Niklas, which almost resulted in a touchdown thanks to the efforts of Niklas.
That was it for Stanton on the evening. He was replaced just before the halfway point of the second quarter by Matt Barkley.