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STANTON MENTORS ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 14, 2012 – 6:25 pm

When your stat line as a quarterback reads 8-of-11 for 83 yards passing, and the offense produces a touchdown on one of three drives you led, yet you still had the least productive day among the three quarterbacks, chalk that up as a successful day for the offense.

That was the afternoon for Colts quarterback Drew Stanton on Sunday against the Rams.

It was an impressive outing for the Colts trio of quarterbacks on Sunday and as the veteran of the group Stanton was more than pleased with his position’s performance.

“I think anytime you can put to work all the time and effort we have been doing behind the scenes, to have it come out and really get tested on game day is really what you want to see,” Stanton said.

The Colts offense produced twice the yardage the Rams did, and the quarterbacks combined to convert 11-of-15 third down conversions.

It’s numbers like those that Stanton and the offense can feel good about heading into week two of the preseason. But like every one that is trying to perfect their craft, it’s the few negatives that stick out in this final week of training camp.

“That’s something we can take away from it and feel good about,” Stanton said of the offensive putout. “At the same time, there’s always things that you’d like to have back, could have done different, checks you could have made, balls you could have put in a different spot. That’s a growing process that we’re going through. As long as we don’t repeat those mistakes or anything like that, we’re going to be better off.”

Even though it was just the preseason opener, Stanton knows the importance this month can have on such a young offense.

“That’s what preseason is all about, to get in there, iron out those wrinkles, be able to get a taste of everything,” Stanton said. “We have a lot of young guys, there’s no question about that, but we have a lot of talented young guys. Getting everybody on the same page, that’s really what preseason is all about.”

For the afternoon, Colts quarterbacks were 21-of-30 for 323 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and had a combined quarterback rating of 138.6 against the Rams.

The numbers and talent of the Colts two rookie quarterbacks are impressive enough coming out of their first NFL game, but what has impressed Stanton the most has been the way they carry themselves off the field.

“The time and effort you have to put in and the dedication that it takes, and the professionalism that goes along with it. That’s what I’ve tried to bestow upon these guys,” Stanton said. “Obviously, they don’t need much help from me. There’s a reason why they’re here. Andrew (Luck) and Chandler (Harnish) have both been blessed and are extremely hard workers.”

 


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