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Skelton Named the Starter For Sunday’s Matchup with Denver


The Cardinals have made it official – John Skelton will be the starter Sunday at QB when the team takes on the Broncos. In making the announcement after practice, coach Ken Whisenhunt didn’t exactly give Skelton a great vote of confidence for a guy making his NFL starting debut. “I didn’t really have a lot of choice,” Whisenhunt said.

The coach said he hopes QB Derek Anderson, whom doctors have yet to clear to play, will pass the required test Saturday and be the team’s third quarterback.

Skelton, a fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham, was 3-of-6 passing for 45 yards and sacked once in his NFL debut in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 19-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams. His first pass was a 22-yard completion to Steve Breaston on a third-and-16 play.

Whisenhunt said Skelton’s “command of the offense was a lot better” this week.

“I think that, coupled with the fact that he handled himself pretty well last week in the game, makes you feel that he’s a lot better prepared now than he was earlier,” Whisenhunt said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s going to be great quarterback play, but we’re hopeful that he can get in there and handle it well and make some plays for us.”


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