The Arizona Cardinals are riding with quarterback Blaine Gabbert as their starter for the remainder of the 2017 regular season.

Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t see Gabbert as just a “fill in” quarterback, in fact he sees much more in the veteran jouneyman.

“The way he’s playing right now I’d be very, very comfortable,” Arians said about Gabbert’s potential as the long-term starting quarterback, via the team’s official website.

“Oh yeah, I think that’s a possibility,” Arians said.

“I’m really proud of him,” Arians said of Gabbert. “These things don’t happen. I mean, you hope they don’t happen very often when your top two guys go down. But we’re very blessed to have him and he has taken the bull by the horns and showing us, ‘I’m a player. I can play at this level and play very high.'”

The folks over at NFL.com put up side-by-side stats from both Carson Palmer and Gabbert this season.

Palmer 2017: 61.4 completion percentage, 282.6 pass YPT, 9-7 TD-INT ratio, 84.4 passer rating.
Gabbert 2017: 61.1 completion percentage, 249.0 pass YPT, 5-3 TD-INT ratio, 87.6 passer rating.

Gabbert could have a legit opportunity on his hands in Arizona and it will be an interesting storyline to follow as the season rolls on.