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John Skelton – Your New Cardinals Starting QB

John Skelton, it’s your time to shine.

The fifth-round draft pick who took the unlikely route from El Paso to Fordham to the NFL, is now one of 32 starting QB’s in the NFL.

Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt announced his decision to go with Skelton over last years opening day starter Kevin Kolb on Friday.

Skelton and Kolb had waged a protracted competition for the job over offseason workouts and through the preseason.

“I’m not going to get into the specifics of everything that was involved but it’s fair to say at this point going forward we feel like the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win right now is John Skelton,” Whisenhunt said.

Skelton is in his third season with Arizona after being drafted in the fifth round out of Fordham. Skelton, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, stands 6-foot-6 and has a cannon arm but sometimes struggles with accuracy.

“This is truly the first offseason he’s had to work,” Whisenhunt said, “and I’ve seen progress from him. He’s a guy that’s believed in himself. At times, he’s shown he could make plays. At times, he’s looked like a young quarterback.”

The Cardinals made the decision despite their significant investment in Kolb, who was acquired just before last season in a trade that sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia.

The Cardinals then signed Kolb to a five-year, $63.5 million contract extension with $21 million guaranteed.


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