Cardinals will stick with Skelton this week
The Arizona Cardinals are not going to put anyone through suspense this week.
The starting quarterback will not be a mystery. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced that rookie John Skelton will get his second start with veteran Derek Anderson still not cleared to return from a concussion.
“Right now, that's John Skelton," Whisenhunt said, according to the Arizona Republic. “Until we feel otherwise, we'll proceed along those lines.”
Skelton wasn’t dynamic, by any stretch, in the Broncos’ 43-13 dismantling of the Denver Broncos. But he also didn’t cost his team, and that’s something a lot of rookie quarterbacks wind up doing. He finished 15 of 37 for 146 yards. He was not intercepted.
“He did a lot of things rookie quarterbacks do," Whisenhunt said, "as far as mistakes, play calls in the huddle that were incorrect and had to be changed. All those things are what you expect.
"We had a plan that was scaled down for him, but what I really liked was his demeanor and how he handled himself. They brought a lot of pressure and he was able to handle that and make some throws. There's potential there to grow into that position. That's an exciting part of it."
The Cardinals are playing at Carolina Sunday. The one-win Panthers present Skelton with an opportunity to get his second victory.
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