Stats & Info: Drew Stanton

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Last season, Tim Tebow beat the Jets on the ground with a game-winning 20-yard touchdown run.

Much has been made in this space about Tim Tebow’s numbers and how bad some of them have been in his first two years in the NFL.

However, Tebow showed last season that he could lead the Denver Broncos to come-from-behind wins, so he had to be doing something right.

Tebow’s ability to throw the ball has been questioned, but no one doubts what he can do as a runner, which could be one reason the New York Jets traded for Tebow.

The Jets have their starting quarterback in Mark Sanchez, signed Drew Stanton this offseason and also have Greg McElroy.

Perhaps Tebow fills the void that was left when Brad Smith signed with the Buffalo Bills last offseason. Since 2009, the Jets have run the third-most wildcat plays in the NFL. They averaged 6.5 yards per rush with Smith and 4.1 without him last season.

Last season, the Broncos called 84 designed rushes for Tebow, most among quarterbacks. He averaged 4.3 yards per rush with five touchdowns on those designed plays.

Tebow’s 12 rushing touchdowns also are the third-most by a QB in his first two seasons.

Tebow also proved in 2011 that he can finish drives. In 70 red zone plays with Tebow at quarterback last season, the Broncos scored 20 touchdowns. That was the highest TD percentage (28.6) of any quarterback with as many plays over the last two seasons.

Tebow's 27.2 Total QBR last season was the third worst among qualifiers, but he had his moments -- particularly late in games.

Including the wild card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tebow had six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime last season. He posted the third-best Total QBR in the final 9:00 minutes of the fourth quarter last season -- better than Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Eli Manning in such situations.
The Cardinals used three starting quarterbacks last season and haven’t had one QB start every game in a season since Kurt Warner did it for them in 2008.

They hope that their trade for Kevin Kolb brings more stability at the position, though Kolb has only seven career starts and has never started more than three games in a row.

Kevin Kolb
But he does bring a pair of impressive performances in 2009 with him. In his first two career starts, Kolb threw for 391 and then 327 yards -- the most yards in his first two starts by any quarterback in league history.

Kolb blows away the second-place finisher on that list. Elias tells us that Todd Marinovich is next up, throwing for 638 yards in his first two starts over the 1991 and 1992 seasons. That still puts him 80 yards behind Kolb.

Of course big yardage in the first two starts isn’t necessarily a precursor to success. The next two behind Marinovich are Jeff Blake and Aaron Brooks.

In his NFL career, Kolb has been at his best in the first quarter: a 64.2 completion percentage, 8.0 yards per attempts, 3 TD, 0 interceptions and a 107.7 rating. His rating drops every quarter after that: to 87.1, 59.8 and 52.3.

One area where he’s shown a strength – even in a small sample – is in play-action passing. He’s completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 10.8 yards per attempt in play-action. He holds a 104.5 rating on those plays.

The Kolb trade also shines the light on just how little NFL production the QB draft class of 2007 has posted in its four years in the league.

Let’s take a look by the numbers at the 2007 QB draft class, a class that saw 11 QBs drafted:

0 – With a winning record

1 – With double-digit wins (Trent Edwards)

2 – Who do NOT have a losing record (Drew Stanton, 2-2 and Troy Smith, 4-4)

3 – Who never started a game in the NFL (Isaiah Stanback, Jeff Rowe and Jordan Palmer)

7 – Career starts by Kolb, the first QB drafted in the second round in 2007

10 – Combined wins by the two QB drafted in the first round: JaMarcus Russell (7-18) and Brady Quinn (3-9)