The Gamer: Stanton Propels Lions To Victory

If nothing else, Drew Stanton is a gamer. Stanton enjoyed the majority of the second half during Saturday's 27-26 win over Atlanta, and in the process won over a home crowd while thrusting his presence back into the limelight.

If nothing else, Drew Stanton is a gamer.

The third-string Lions quarterback has been overlooked during the battle between potential starters Daunte Culpepper and Matthew Stafford, along with his second-round draftee status.

Between an injury plagued rookie year, and a coaching staff last year that simply didn't give the Farmington Hills native an opportunity, Stanton's fall into relative obscurity has been neither his fault nor easy to watch.

But while his arm might not be on par with his peers, his playmaking ability might just make up for it.

Stanton enjoyed the majority of the second half during Saturday's 27-26 win over Atlanta, and in the process won over a home crowd while thrusting his presence back into the limelight.

The former Michigan State standout, known for his athleticism, used all of his attributes to not only keep the Lions in the game, but to lead them to a win.

"Drew did a great job with his feet," said head coach Jim Schwartz after the game. "A lot of people in Michigan have seen Drew play football and they know ... it's hard to get an evaluation of him because in training camp and practices you really don't scramble around and he's got a great asset with his legs."

Between the third and fourth quarters, Stanton had runs of eight, 27 (on a 2nd and 13), six, and 18 yards.

The last, however, came with less than two minutes remaining on a 3rd and 10. The play put the Lions in field goal range, setting up the eventual winning kick by veteran Jason Hanson.

Stanton registered the best numbers of any quarterback in the contest, completing 8 of his 13 attempts for 114 yards and a touchdown. He also scrambled four times for 59 yards (14.8 yards per play), finishing with a quarterback rating of 115.5.


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