Stanton has “no limitations” for football

Posted by Darren Urban on April 21, 2015 – 2:15 pm

The rehab of the quarterbacks are going to be a main storyline for the Cardinals this offseason and well they should — for all the injuries the team suffered last season, it was the quarterbacks going down that were at the core of the team’s late struggles. Starter Carson Palmer continues his rehab from a torn ACL and that will likely be taken slowly during the offseason. He needs to be ready for training camp. But backup Drew Stanton was in a good mood Tuesday talking about coming back from his knee injury.

“I’m getting to the point where I am feeling really confident in my knee,” Stanton said, emphasizing he has “no limitations” in terms of football heading into workouts. He will not be wearing a knee brace.

Stanton did say he and the Cardinals have set up a plan for offseason conditioning work that will allow Stanton to “be smart” and cut down on some of the pounding the knee might normally take. But that’s about preventative maintenance as the Cards try hard to make sure their quarterbacks stay healthy this time around.

— One other quick note with the Cards in their second day of strength and conditioning work. As always, the only work that is mandatory in the offseason is the minicamp in mid-June. This is all voluntary. While it wasn’t possible to do a roster checklist this morning, I can’t think of any player of note that wasn’t here today.



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10 Responses to “Stanton has “no limitations” for football”

  1. By krehbieo14 on Apr 21, 2015 | Reply

    We are fortunate to have such a solid backup in Drew Stanton. I am glad he’s feeling healthy. No need to rush practice reps.

  2. By georgiebird on Apr 21, 2015 | Reply

    Yes, it was the QBs going down that was at the core of the team’s struggles.
    Other than the QBs (and that’s major), the Cardinals did not have a big injury problem last year. Other teams had their OL decimated and other teams saw a completely new group of DBs.
    The problem with the Cards last year is that few of the replacement guys stepped up. Rucker had a good year and Dwyer and Smokey had good starts to the season.
    But the litany of guys that failed to seize the opportunity is why the team couldn’t overcome the late season drop off. The biggest culprits here were Cooper, Minter and the TE group.
    The Cardinals actually lost to the Panthers in the playoffs where the QB position didn’t hurt us. By that I mean that Cam Newton played possibly one of the worst games by an NFL QB in many a year. Considering Cam was not rushed and had a running game and a great call by the refs, the Cards should still have won. On the other hand, Lindley was playing on guts alone with no running game and no protection.

  3. By William Barry on Apr 21, 2015 | Reply

    Stanton clearly saved our season last year, and we would have NEVER made it to the playoff round without his help!!!!


  4. By clssylssy on Apr 21, 2015 | Reply

    Nice layout on the infographic schedule! This year we need to win ALL of our home games…no excuses… which may get our foot in the door of the Playoffs!
    With all that money put into the new training facility the players should be in great condition and fit to meet a much improved Saints team for our home opener!

  5. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Apr 22, 2015 | Reply


    They had a ton of injuries to key players. They even mentioned there were quite a few at the awards when they gave the coach of the year trophy to BA.

  6. By AZ Elvis on Apr 22, 2015 | Reply

    You’re right georgiebird, Lindley was playing on “guts alone” as it definitely wasn’t talent….and I truthfully don’t think the offensive line was that bad, he is just awful. We had injuries all over the roster, including losing our starting RB and backup to other problems so how can you say there wasn’t an injury problem other than QB?

  7. By georgiebird on Apr 22, 2015 | Reply

    Just about every team in the NFL has a “ton” of injuries to key players. Just for starters the Cards were probably the healthiest team in the NFL when it came to the OL, the defensive backfield and the WRs.
    It’s only a handful of teams that get “lucky” each year.

  8. By georgiebird on Apr 22, 2015 | Reply

    Never said Lindley was any good. Just in that specific playoff game, I thought Cam Newton set a new low in QB play given the fact that his top RB ran for 123 yards.
    And to your point about injuries- the Giants had 10 more players on IR in 2014 than the Cardinals. Did not say the Cards did not have some key injuries. You mention RB; The best Cardinals’ RB in 2014 was Kerwynn Williams-what happened to all the guys on the depth chart above him who failed to seize the opportunity. Also, the FO decided to not get a RB from the outside.

  9. By sbrown on Apr 22, 2015 | Reply

    any other position that could have an injury issue, teams can bring in a player, promote up from the practice squad and even sign a player off another team practice squad. But at QB, no way to bring a player in mid season to be a starter or rotation player.
    Keeping all the QB’s upright and healthy has to be “job # 1 ” this season.

    Let Thomas get the off season – mini camp snaps, that will help him improve and save Stanton / Palmer for the training camp in July.

  10. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply


    If I remember correctly the only two starters on the OL who weren’t injured were Veldheer and Massie…and there was even a thought Veldheer might miss a couple games because something happened to him.

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