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John Skelton and the Arizona Cardinals’ Quarterback Dilemma

John Skelton
Former Burges High School standout John Skelton is 2-0 since taking over at quarterback for the injured Kevin Kolb. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Since being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals last season, John Skelton was viewed as a the ultimate “project” quarterback. Skelton has a cannon arm, great size, and good instincts. However, the former Burges High School star played his college football at Fordham and was not considered polished enough for the NFL.  

In a brief trial last season, Skelton won two of the final four games he started at quarterback, including a 27-26 comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Day. This season, Skelton has continued his successful play for Arizona over the last two weeks, filling in for injured starter Kevin Kolb. He engineered a late 4th quarter game-winning touchdown drive for the Cardinals to stun the Eagles 21-17 in Philadelphia. Despite his clutch performance yesterday, Kolb remains the starting quarterback in Arizona. The team gave up a talented cornerback and a second round pick to get Kolb from Philadelphia. As much as they have invested in him, Kolb will be given every chance to be the long-term starter for the Cardinals. However, Skelton continues to see his stock go up every time he takes the ball for Arizona. He’s also won twice as much as Kolb has this season, despite playing in seven fewer games.     

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