Drew Stanton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #5

Drew Stanton News

Sent back to practice squad

Stanton reverted back to Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Stanton was elevated to the Buccaneers' active roster for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Chiefs, and he unsurprisingly failed to take a snap.

Feb 8, 2021 7:13 PM EST

Joins Bucs' active roster

Stanton was promoted to the team's active roster Saturday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Stanton has not thrown an NFL pass since 2017, but he'll join the Bucs ahead of their Super Bowl matchup with the Chiefs. The veteran will essentially act as the super emergency quarterback come Sunday.

Feb 6, 2021 1:24 PM EST

Joining Bucs' practice squad

Tampa Bay plans to sign Stanton to their practice squad, Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com reports.

Analysis: Stanton last threw an NFL pass in 2017, when he played in five games and totaled 894 yards along with a 6:5 TD:INT with Arizona. His time with the Cardinals gives Stanton familiarity with Bruce Arians' offense, which likely played a key role in the Tampa Bay's decision to give the 36-year-old a look.

Dec 24, 2020 1:01 PM EST

Finishes year on IR

Stanton (knee) didn't play a game during the 2019 season.

Analysis: Stanton was placed on injured reserve Sept. 16 and was never activated. He'll turn 36 years old in May, and Stanton hasn't played an NFL game since the 2017 season with the Cardinals when he completed 79 of 159 passes (50 percent) for 894 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. Stanton will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and he'll seek another backup role if he wishes to continue playing.

Feb 3, 2020 10:53 AM EST

May return this season

Stanton (knee) is a candidate to be activated from IR in Week 10, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Coach Freddie Kitchens said he doesn't feel the need to sign another quarterback since Garrett Gilbert is currently backing up Baker Mayfield and Stanton could still return. Stanton would likely be the team's No. 1 backup if he returned, but he wouldn't play unless Mayfield was injured. The career backup last played with the Cardinals, completing 50 percent of his passes for 894 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions over five games.

Sep 17, 2019 12:41 PM EST

Shifts to IR

Stanton (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: A career backup, Stanton would be eligible to return to the lineup Week 10, but it's unlikely the team actually brings him back. If that's the case, Garrett Gilbert will serve as Baker Mayfield's backup for the remainder of the season.

Sep 16, 2019 1:18 PM EST

Deemed questionable for Monday

Stanton (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's game versus the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Stanton surfaced on the team's injury report Saturday, and he may be in jeopardy of missing Week 2. If he's unable to go, expect Garrett Gilbert to serve as Baker Mayfield's backup quarterback.

Sep 14, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Confirmed for backup role

Stanton appears in line to serve as the backup to Baker Mayfield in 2019 with Garrett Gilbert on the Week 1 inactive list, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Even though Stanton appeared in just two preseason games and completed only six of his 14 pass attempts, this quarterback alignment was all but a given in Cleveland. He'll only hold fantasy utility in the event of an injury to starter Baker Mayfield, in which case Stanton would offer at least a small amount of intrigue due to the quality of offensive weapons at his disposal.

Sep 8, 2019 9:44 AM EST

Handling backup duties in Week 4

Stanton will serve as the top backup to starting quarterback Baker Mayfield in Sunday's game against the Raiders, a team official told Sam Wyche of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Stanton has been the third man on the depth chart all season, but he'll move up a spot this week with Tyrod Taylor dealing with a back injury and only having recently cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. Once Taylor is able to get more practice time under his belt, he should recapture the No. 2 gig, which will likely result in Stanton being inactive most weeks.

Sep 30, 2018 6:46 AM EST

Inactive vs. Pittsburgh

Stanton is inactive due to coach's decision for Sunday's contest against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Stanton is the No. 3 quarterback in Cleveland and the relative health of the team means a few healthy players need to be sidelined. Stanton isn't likely to see the field much this season, barring injury to Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield.

Sep 9, 2018 8:53 AM EST

Will play Friday against Bills

Coach Hue Jackson said Stanton will get on the field during the team's second preseason game Friday versus the Bills, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Stanton -- who didn't play in Cleveland's first preseason game -- is still in the mix to be the backup quarterback, though Baker Mayfield should still be considered the favorite. However, Jackson likes the experience Stanton brings to the position and a strong showing in the preseason could make Jackson's decision more difficult.

Aug 15, 2018 5:02 PM EST

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