Skelton widens edge in Cardinals' QB competition

Posted Aug. 18, 2012 @ 11:31 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said the competition for the Cardinals’ starting QB job was expected to continue for at least another week after Arizona’s 31-27 preseason victory over Oakland Friday evening. But most observers, it would appear, are in agreement that John Skelton has further separated himself from Kevin Kolb after throwing the first TD pass for either QB candidate this preseason among his five snaps.

One notable observer, Raiders DE Tommy Kelly, made it clear who he prefers after offering a scathing review of Kolb, who he sacked for a safety in the game.

“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly said of Kolb, who completed his first three passes before unraveling and getting sacked three times, including Kelly’s safety. “Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”

Another noteworthy development in the Cardinals' victory was the impressive preseason debut of RB Ryan Williams, who sat out his rookie year with a knee injury. Williams gained 25 yards on five carries, including a 15-yard gain and a TD.