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Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 4, 2012 – 1:49 pm

Drew Stanton has been in this position before.

During the 2009 season with the Detroit Lions, Stanton served as a backup quarterback to then No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford.

An injury late in the season to Stafford paved the way for Stanton to make his first career NFL start.

Now, three years later Stanton is in a similar role as a backup quarterback to the No. 1 pick and knows that he’s one play away from being under center.

“You always have to be ready to go. It’s one of the most important positions because you never know when your opportunity is going to come, but you don’t want to drop off,” Stanton said. “The preparation and professionalism that goes into that is of someone who has to take that in a very high regard.”

As practice began Saturday morning, Stanton and quarterbacks Chandler Harnish and Andrew Luck gathered while special teams drills were going on.

Even though Stanton knows he might not get the same amount reps on the practice field as a starter, it’s little conversations like those which will keep all three signal callers on the same page and ready to go at any time.

“I think that is something that, like I said, you’re in there and your constantly getting mental reps, you might not be getting all the physical reps, especially when the season begins. But you have to be sitting there taking notes. There’s constant communication going on,” Stanton said.

During OTAs, Stanton took a majority of the reps at quarterback, as Luck was still at Stanford finishing up his degree.

This marks the sixth training camp Stanton has participated in during his NFL career and he is trying to give every bit of advice to his two rookies in the same meeting room.

“I think it’s a relationship that’s built on trust. It takes time, but I think there’s no better time than right now,” Stanton said. “These dog days that we’re in right now of getting out there and getting the little reps and the little nuances that go in to the patterns here and there. I’ve had the luxury of working with these guys a little bit longer than Andrew and Chandler, so trying to just help speed up that learning curve.”

Stanton’s six years in the league has provided a unique opportunity to frequently work with young quarterbacks and both No. 12 and No. 8 have caught his attention on and off the field.

“My standpoint of trying to help these two young guys and show them what it’s like to be a professional in this league. I think Andrew (Luck) and Chandler (Harnish) both have a tremendous upside. Obviously, Andrew being the number one overall pick and getting in there and playing right away, he’s going to have a little bit more on his plate. But both of them can handle everything that’s going to be thrown at them,” Luck said.

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