Drew Stanton stays even-keeled every week

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Wednesday is usually the day when the Arizona Cardinals' starting quarterback addresses the media.

Every week leading up to a game so far, listed on the weekly media schedule was Carson Palmer. Except this Wednesday, there was one issue: Palmer wasn't around. He was excused by Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to see another specialist to get another opinion on the bruised nerve in his right shoulder.

As he has the past two weeks, backup quarterback Drew Stanton was there to fill in for Palmer when the starter couldn't go. With the news that Palmer would be doubtful for Thursday's practice, Stanton went about his weekly preparation as he has all season.

"I think you have to take the mindset that you're preparing as if you are the starter," Stanton said. "It doesn't change and I haven't wavered from that even in the past couple of years when I wasn't getting snaps because you'd hate to look back and say, 'Gosh, I wish I had prepared a little bit more.'

"These Wednesdays and Thursdays tend to be a little bit longer, but at the same time that's when you're trying to digest all the information you've been getting, trying to watch as much film as possible, then you go back through and start crossing your Ts and dotting your Is."

Stanton said he'll be preparing like he'll play Sunday in Denver, but he doesn't know if Palmer is close to returning because he hasn't asked.

"I'm respectful of Carson," Stanton said. "I don't know where he's at with that stuff. Everybody else is asking him enough questions. I don't need to be another guy in his ear trying to see how he's doing. I know that when he's capable and ready to play, he's going to play.

"Until he's not, it's my job to make sure that I am."

It hasn't been difficult for Stanton to keep his emotions in check. He wasn't named the starter in Week 2 until a couple hours before the game and Arians didn't publicly announce Stanton as the starter in Week 3 until the Friday before the game.

Stanton has learned throughout his career never to get too high about possibly starting and never to get too low if he doesn't.

"I don't think it's difficult," he said. "I think I know what my role is on this team. I knew from the onset what it was going to be like and you have to accept that role."

While he's in his current role, Stanton has succeeded.

He's averaging 205.5 passing yards per game while leading Arizona to a 2-0 record, but there's still work to be done, Arians said.

"Don't miss the ones that are there," Arians said. "I think he tried to guide the ball to Jaron (Brown), which he had never done before. He was just so wide open. Just play that way."