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Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2008-10-29


Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2008-10-29
With the Lions 0-7, people are clamoring for quarterback Drew Stanton, hoping to see what the local kid can do.


Stanton went to a suburban Detroit high school and Michigan State. The Lions drafted him in the second round last year.

But coach Rod Marinelli said he would not play Stanton just so the Lions can evaluate him for the future. He said he would play him only if starter Dan Orlovsky is injured or if he feels Stanton is better than Orlovsky, based on practices and games.

Another factor in the quarterback discussion could be free agent Daunte Culpepper, who worked out for the Lions on Tuesday.

Marinelli doesn't believe in giving out playing time based on draft status, and Stanton is still getting up to speed.

Stanton went on injured reserve after only three days of training camp last year, had his mechanics altered for the second time in two years in the off-season, and played only two exhibitions this year before suffering a thumb injury. He went through his first regular-season NFL practice only about a month ago and has gotten only about 20 percent of the reps the past two weeks.

Asked if he was confident Stanton would start a game this season, Marinelli said: "I couldn't say that right now, sometime during the season. It's this week. We're working on this week."

Orlovsky, a fifth-round pick in 2005, is coming off his first three NFL starts. He did not turn over the ball in those games, and the Lions had a chance to win each. But there is plenty of room for improvement.

If Orlovsky improves and the Lions win, Marinelli likely will stick with him. But if Orlovsky doesn't improve and the Lions continue to lose, that could give him reason to turn to Stanton, who will have had more practice time by then.

"They're both getting some reps in practice, so you're developing them both," Marinelli said. "The guy's one snap away, anyway. We're just going to keep working with Danny and see how far he can progress after three weeks, see where his maximum is, because he's worked at it, he's sharp, he knows what he's doing. ...

"It's more of a week-to-week thing, evaluation after each game."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 29, 2008

Shaun McDonald Name: Shaun McDonald
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