When Carson Palmer was lost for the season, Bruce Arians — who often talked about how well Palmer threw the deep pass — was asked how that part of the offense might change with Drew Stanton at quarterback.
“It really doesn’t,” Arians said. “That’s the beauty of that pass that he threw in that ball game (against the Rams) under duress. We’re not really going to lose that part of it. Carson was, and is, amazing at it, at dropping it in the bucket, but we can still go downtown and we still have that threat in our offense.”
In a lot of ways, Stanton might even fit the bill better as someone who will take deep shots. Stanton has thrown 125 passes this season, and already 28 of them have been launched at least 20 yards downfield (22.4 percent), according to profootballfocus.com. Palmer threw 31 passes at least 20 yards, but it was among 224 attempts (13.8 percent). Palmer completed 11 of those for 371 yards; Stanton has completed 10 of the deep balls for 325 yards.
Stanton’s average depth of target, according to PFF, is 12.9 yards downfield. He found John Brown and Michael Floyd for deep TDs the last two games and often seeks the play downfield.
It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out Sunday in Seattle — where it took a 31-yard TD bomb from Palmer to Floyd to win last year.
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