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Stanton seeks his place in Lions' QB picture


Stanton seeks his place in Lions' QB picture
ALLEN PARK -- If you listened to all the chatter, you would think the Detroit Lions are going to trade for Jay Cutler, draft Matthew Stafford and also sign a free agent backup quarterback. That doesn't leave a lot of room for a guy like Drew Stanton, Detroit's former second-round draft pick.


Stanton, though, said he's not going to pay much attention to the rumors, he's just going to listen to new Lions coach Jim Schwartz.

"I'm really looking forward to (the offseason workouts), obviously, with a chance to re-establish myself with the organization and start with a clean slate, like coach Schwartz has been saying," Stanton said. "Right, wrong or indifferent, everybody has to prove themselves."

With Jon Kitna traded to the Dallas Cowboys and Dan Orlovsky gone via free agency, Stanton is now in the No. 2 quarterback role for the Lions. The question is whether he will stay there.

The Lions have been involved in trade talks involving Cutler, the Denver Broncos' quarterback, but there is nothing concrete yet. Stafford, from Georgia, is a possibility with the No. 1 draft pick, but the Lions are just as inclined to take a linebacker or left tackle at that spot.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said this week that the team planned on signing a veteran free agent backup at quarterback but the Lions have yet to do so.

"That's our plan currently," Mayhew said. "We plan on seeing a lot of Drew Stanton early in the offseason, but I think it's important to get a veteran at some point."

Stanton's reaction was unruffled.

"I've heard talk of them bringing in another quarterback, but until that happens, it has no impact on me," he said. "It'll continually go back to what I said before about me just handling those things I can handle.

"If some other guy comes in, you bide your time and try to progress. And when you get your shot, whether it's three or four throws, you make the best possible read and do what you're supposed to do and be prepared."

Stanton doesn't just want a job, he wants a chance to compete for the starting job. In addition to all of the other obstacles out there, he would have to beat out veteran Daunte Culpepper. It's going to be a tough task -- Mayhew said last month it would be a "tremendous leap of faith'' to think that Stanton could be the starter.

"I didn't hear about it, to tell you the truth," Stanton said.

"It's still unproven what I can do and I think everybody's aware of that. It's still a question mark all around, it's a matter of me taking the bull by the horns and going out and showing them that I'm capable and that isn't not going to be an extreme leap of faith, I guess."



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Added: March 20, 2009

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