Stanton Focusing on Learning and Improving

As a member of the Detroit Lions, Stanton has to watch, listen and learn as he tries to understand offensive coordinator Mike Martz's complex offensive scheme.

ALLEN PARK - While the Detroit Lions went through their organized team activity yesterday, the familiar #5 talked with his fellow quarterbacks, watched, listened and learned.

It was unfamiliar territory for Drew Stanton, who spent most of his years as the center of attention in the offense. Both at Farmington Hill Harrison and Michigan State, Stanton was the 'main man'.

Now as a member of the Detroit Lions, Stanton has to watch, listen and learn as he tries to understand offensive coordinator Mike Martz's complex offensive scheme.

He still hears, almost daily from many of his friends and fans in East Lansing and he's happy about that development.

"I think everybody's real excited. It's become an extended family of mine up there in East Lansing. To get that support from those fans is tremendous. It's what you want when you go to college and play there for four or five years to leave there on a good note and have a (supportive) fan base, I feel that's definitely happened for me."

Stanton admits, moving to the NFL and working under Martz, widely considered an offensive genius has been a eye-opening experience.

"I'm just trying to learn, from the aspect of the offense the different mechanical things and just how the quarterback's here have established themselves as leaders. I'm tyring to pick it up one step at a time and not try to do too much and get overwhelmed by it."

Stanton says while the concepts of the offense are complex, when you begin to understand what Martz is trying to accomplish, things begin to click.

"It's the real deal, there's no way around it, it's very complex but it makes a lot of sense at the same time. I think once you get it - and I'm starting to get different things and it's starting to unfold for me - you see why everything goes the way it does and the success that people have within this offense."

After accomplishing so much on the collegiate level at Michigan State, Stanton was thought to be among the nation's top quarterbacks and heading into his senior season, he was viewed by some as among the top two or three. So when Martz took him aside, first at the NFL combine and then at his pro day and worked with him on some things, he was surprised by the impact Martz's work on his mechanics would have on his accuracy.

"There were some definite things that I needed to work on, it all makes sense as to why you do the things you do with him. I've see the results and I just need to continue to rep it and get comfortable with it. Even breaking it down to my stance and the way I grip the ball, changing all that but you see the benefits of it so its definitely worth doing."

As the third and developmental quarterback for Detroit, Stanton is expected to spend most of the season watching, listening, learning while establishing himself through repetitions on the practice field. He is content to do that, but also plays the "what if" game inside himself.

What if, perhaps due to injury or emergency, he gets the call to actually go into a game?

"I think it's great to learn with an established veteran, (but) the timetable (for playing time is) undetermined because you never know what's going to happen. So you get prepared as best you can and get ready if your number's called, everything else is out of your control."


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