Cardinals leaning toward Drew Stanton as starting QB

Nick Laham

There are few signs of quarterback controversy in Arizona, with head coach Bruce Arians indicating he expects Drew Stanton under center for the Cardinals.

Drew Stanton is looking more and more like the new starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, reports ESPN's Mike Sando.

Stanton signed a three-year deal with the Cardinals earlier in March, and the subsequent release of Kevin Kolb pointed toward a big role for Stanton. Now new head coach Bruce Arians has made comments confirming that role.

"I have all the confidence in the world with [Stanton] being our starter," Arians is quoted as saying. He goes on to note that he wanted to settle the issue quickly, and would not be looking for a quarterback competition during training camp.

Stanton as starter isn't a small risk for the Cardinals. 2013 will be Stanton's seventh year in the league, but he hasn't seen action since 2010. He played in six games, starting three of them, with a 58 percent completion percentage, four touchdowns and three interceptions. That said, if anyone knows what to expect from Stanton it should be Arians. Stanton was Andrew Luck's backup in Indianapolis last year, where Arians was offensive coordinator and then interim head coach.

There had been speculation that Arizona would try to grab West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the upcoming draft, something looking increasingly less likely. Even aside from Stanton, as SB Nation's latest mock draft shows, Smith may simply be out of their reach. That makes a pick like LSU's Barkevious Mingo more likely, and Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds has some thoughts on that.

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