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Arians said the offensive line talent in this year’s draft is “one of the best I’ve seen in awhile, at all positions.”

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Stanton, entering his seventh pro season, hasn’t played in an NFL game since he was with Detroit in 2010. He signed with the New York Jets in 2012 but requested a trade when the Jets signed Tim Tebow. The Jets traded him to Indianapolis, where he didn’t take a snap in a game as Luck excelled in his rookie season.

But Arians said he saw plenty of improvement for Stanton in practice through the season.

Arians, as a quarterbacks coach, then offensive coordinator and interim head coach, coached the likes of Peyton Manning, Tim Couch, Ben Roethlisberger and Luck.

“The guy that I take the most pride in coaching is Kelly Holcomb,” Arians said. “Took him from a guy who basically was off the street to every time he played he’d throw for 400 yards. Ben, Peyton, Timmy, Andrew, all those guys, God gave them a ton of talent.”

Arians said he just tried not to mess up that ability with those quarterbacks, who all were first-round selections.

“You get your hands on a guy like Kelly and you watch him grow and fight the battles, bringing somebody in to beat him out every year, then he shines,” Arians said. “There are guys who don’t have the hype who can play that position.”

Arizona signed the free-agent Stanton to a three-year contract, then released Kevin Kolb. The team has tendered an offer to Brian Hoyer. John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, who struggled mightily at quarterback for the worst offense in the NFL last season, remain on the Cardinals‘ roster.

Arians also said he is hopeful the Cardinals can still sign Josh Cribbs, who failed a physical. In a week or two, another physical is planned. He likes the idea of having Patrick Peterson and Cribbs as dual punt returners.


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