Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton makes most of preseason opportunity

Aug 10, 2013, 2:25 AM | Updated: 2:25 am

Make no mistake, there is no quarterback competition when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals these days.

Carson Palmer, who went 4-of-6 for 77 yards and a touchdown Friday night, will be the Week 1 starter regardless of what transpires — outside of an injury — during the preseason.

But backup Drew Stanton’s performance in the Cardinals’ preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers was still impressive in its own right.

While he was going up against Mike McCarthy’s second-team defense, the 29-year-old looked comfortable both in the pocket and outside it.

On his first series, Stanton led Arizona on an eight-play, 52-yard drive highlighted by a beautiful 36-yard connection with Charles Hawkins and a one-yard touchdown strike to Jalen Brown.

In all, Stanton played four offensive series and went 8-of-14 for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed the ball twice for eight yards.

Stanton, who is now with his fourth NFL team, signed a three-year, $8.2 million contract with the Cardinals back in March 2013.

Kevin McGinnity jumps on a pogo stick in the parking lot of Lambeau Field before a preseason NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to throw during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts can't handle a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Green Bay Packers' Johnathan Franklin (23) stiff arms Arizona Cardinals' Lorenzo Alexander (97) on a punt return during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Arizona Cardinals' Andre Roberts can't catch a pass with Green Bay Packers' Jerron McMillian (22) defending during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks to quarterback Graham Harrell during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell throws during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews lines up during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer and Andre Roberts (12) celebrate a touchdown reception during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Arizona Cardinals' Andre Roberts (12) catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Davon House (31) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Arizona Cardinals' Andre Roberts reacts after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talks to Drew Stanton (5) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Arizona Cardinals' Jaron Brown catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Micah Hyde during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton scrambles in front of Green Bay Packers' James Nixon during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn) Arizona Cardinals' Jaron Brown catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Micah Hyde (33) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Arizona Cardinals' Ronnie Yell tackles Green Bay Packers' Alex Gilett during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Green Bay Packers quarterback Vince Young scrambles away from Arizona Cardinals' Tony Jefferson during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

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