Drew Stanton, left, throws alongside Baker Mayfield during a training early in the season. (John Kuntz, cleveland.com)
INDIANAPOLIS – Now that the Browns seem to have resolved their starting quarter, a media base and fans obsessed with the quarterback position are turning to the guy behind the guy.
Last season's quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, is moving towards free will. He is unlikely to want to return to Mayfield if there is an opportunity to leave for the 30-year-old who will be coming soon.
That leaves Drew Stanton. He signed a two-year contract with the Browns last March and was the third quarter and inactive in all but one game.
Stanton played for the last time on December 31, 2017, starting with Arizona's 26-24 win. He completed 15 of his 34 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown and an interception. This does not mean, however, that Stanton is not a viable option as the No. 2 quarterback of the Browns in 2019.
"His last 16 games, which he started in the National Football League, are now at 10-6," said head coach Freddie Kitchens. (The Stats and Information service at cleveland.com – which is only an internet connection and access to ProFootballReference.com – has Stanton at 11-5 against 16, its last 16 starts, a series dating back to 2010.)
"So we think Drew can play, Drew is not there to be a lay coach or anything, Drew can play."
Kitchens was the coach of Arizona's half-offensively in 2017, but he coached the Cardinals quarterbacks between 2013 and 2016, including Stanton, who signed in Arizona in 2013.
Kitchens said the quarterback was like any other team position – the team will always try to improve it as a whole – but Kitchens did not seem to be a bad man at all. comfortable when he starts his first season as a head coach with Stanton. the backup.