Tag:Drew Stanton
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:12 pm
 

Shaun Hill could be done for season

D. Stanton could be called into duty this Sunday vs. Chicago (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Drew Stanton, it’s, once again, your turn to try to run the Lions offense.

Shuffling between Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill and Stanton because of various injuries this season, Detroit learned Hill broke the index finger of his throwing hand during Sunday’s game, which could mean a trip to Injured Reserve.

The Detroit Free Press writes Stanton – called into duty in Week 6 to replace Hill and completed 19 of 34 passes for 222 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Detroit’s 28-20 loss to the Giants – is expected to get the start this Sunday vs. the Bears. It’s only the second career start for Stanton.

Hill broke his finger in the first half of last week’s loss to the Patriots, but he somehow managed to play in the second half anyway. The Free Press’ source said Hill won’t require surgery, but Detroit could decide to place Hill on IR, anyway. It’s also unclear when Stafford will return from his second separated shoulder of the year.

So, for now, it’s Stanton’s team, which probably means the Lions have reentered the race for next year’s No. 1 Draft pick. The Panthers – and Jimmy Clausen – can commence looking over their shoulder.

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:39 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:08 am
 

Report: Stafford might be done for season

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Unbelievably, Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s career has hit another huge speedbump. One that might keep him out for the rest of the season.

According to Mlive.com’s Tom Kowalski, Detroit fears Stafford might be lost for the season after preliminary tests showed his shoulder injury to be a Grade 3 separation.

Considering Stafford suffered a Grade 2 separation in the season opener that kept him out until Oct. 31, a Grade 3 separation is certainly not a positive diagnosis.

Stafford Kowalski quoted Stafford speaking on a Detroit radio station on Monday evening: "I've got to talk some more with these doctors and kind of figure out what they're thinking. It's kind of frustrating to be coming back and, two games later, be knocked out again. We'll take it day by day and figure out what the plan is.''

According to the story, Stafford will seek a second opinion by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

This is the fourth time in the past two years that Stafford will have to miss time with an injury. Strange, because he says he never missed a game in high school or college because he was hurt.

To replace him, the Lions will look to see if Shaun Hill (forearm) can be ready for Week 10. Hill played pretty well in replacing Stafford the first time this season until he was injured, but he’s still unable to take direct snaps from a center at this point. If he can’t go this week, Drew Stanton likely would get the starting nod.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:12 am
 

Top Ten With a Twist: 2007 Drafted QBs

JaMarcus Russell, the first pick taken in the 2007 NFL Draft, is one of the bustiest draft picks in league history (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I saw an interesting tweet from @PScrags a few weeks ago, and it went like this: “FACT: Of the 10 quarterbacks drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, not ONE is a current starting NFL quarterback.”

That perked my ears, and I thought I’d check out that particular Draft and see what happened to that non-illustrious 10 (in doing my own painstaking research, I discovered there actually were 11 QBs taken that year). As of today, PScrags' statement isn’t exactly true, though it could be soon, assuming Michael Vick retains his starting spot for the Eagles.

Carolina's Matt Moore, it should be noted, was an undrafted free agent that year, and now he’s back to being a starter after Jimmy Clausen showed he’s clearly not ready to play in the NFL. But Moore wasn't drafted anyway, so we're not including him.

1st Round

No. 1. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders: Well, we all know what happened to him, don’t we? The only question now is this: how many of us were introduced to Purple Drank because of Russell? A fair number, I suppose. Therefore, a toast to Russell. A toast of Purple Drank.

No. 22. Brady Quinn, Browns: Remember how amazed we were by how far Quinn had fallen in the Draft and how long he had to sit in the green room? Remember how some people thought he could be a No. 1 overall pick? Jeez, how crazy are some mock drafters anyway? He’s now, depending on the day, either the second- or third-string QB in Denver.

2nd round

No. 36. Kevin Kolb, Eagles: Well, he was the starter at the season’s beginning. Before the concussion and before Michael Vick transformed himself into one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. When Vick returns, he likely will knock Kolb into the backup spot. Unless Andy Reid changes his mind once again. And because Kolb has played well in Vick's absence, that's a possibility.

No. 40. John Beck, Dolphins: He was the third-string QB in Baltimore during the offseason, but that was before Marc Bulger came into the picture. He was traded to Washington where … he’s the third-string QB.

D. Stanton came in relief of S. Hill during Sunday's Detroit game (US Presswire). No. 43. Drew Stanton, Lions: I bet you didn’t know this: Stanton threw a TD in his first-ever NFL attempt. Ultimately, that probably will be the highlight of his career. When Matthew Stafford returns to the field after the Week 7 bye, Stanton will fall back to No. 2 (until backup Shaun Hill recovers from his forearm injury).

3rd round

No. 92. Trent Edwards, Bills: The wound is still too fresh to delve into the details, but in one week, Edwards lost his starting job and then lost his backup job. Jacksonville has since claimed him off waivers. Let me repeat: the Bills – who might be the worst team in football – decided they couldn’t use him. Edwards replaced David Garrard on Monday Night Football after Garrard sustained a concussion, and actually, Edwards didn't play badly.

4th round

No. 103. Isaiah Stanback, Cowboys: What can we say about Isaiah Stanback? Namely, he has five pass receptions in his pro career. He tore his Achilles in the preseason with Seattle, and he was released soon after. It’s almost not fair to call him a QB, but that’s what he did in college, so that’s how we’ll list him.

5th round

No. 151: Jeff Rowe, Bengals: He sat behind Carson Palmer and Ryan Fitzpatrick for a season. The next year, he lost his third-string job to Jordan Palmer. Ah, nepotism sucks, eh? Unless, of course, you’re the recipient of that nepotism. Then, it’s awesome.

No. 174. Troy Smith, Ravens: When Baltimore signed Bulger to back up Joe Flacco, that signaled the end of Smith’s time with the Ravens. There’s little doubt Smith has great athleticism, but he’s proven he’s not a starting QB in the NFL. He’s currently the third-string QB in San Francisco.

6th round

No. 205. Jordan Palmer, Redskins: Jeff Rowe’s worst nightmare. Actually, Palmer is one snap away from taking older brother Carson’s job if the latter has to leave the game because of injury.

7th round


No. 217. Tyler Thigpen, Vikings: Thigpen actually has had a better career than many of the QBs on this list. Sure, he’s the third-string QB in Miami, but he’s started 11 NFL games (with an absurd record of 1-10) and he’s thrown 19 TDs against 15 INTs.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Shaun Hill is out

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions QB Shaun Hill – who had performed pretty well while replacing Matthew Stafford – is out for the day after breaking a bone in his left arm in the second quarter against the Giants.

Before he left the game, Hill was 9 of 15 for 91 yards and a touchdown. Drew Stanton replaced him, immediately scrambling for nine tough yards before converting a fourth and one with a play-action pass.

But he also fumbled the ball later, and the Giants began to pull away. Stanton, though, came back with an 87-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson to make it 21-17 early in the fourth quarter.

It’s worth noting that if Stanton has to leave because of an injury, the emergency third quarterback is Stafford.

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