Aug 5, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) runs the offense against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter during the pro football hall of fame preseason game at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
John Skelton could overtake Kevin Kolb as the Cardinals' starting quarterback before the season begins, and other players jockey for depth chart positioning.
The Arizona Cardinals made big waves last offseason by trading promising young cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles for QB Kevin Kolb, and, well, that trade has pretty much been an unmitigated disaster. Coming into the 2012 season, Kevin Kolb was listed as the Cardinals' starter and remains so on the team's latest depth chart, but it appears that John Skelton, who made several starts the past two seasons but has never seemed like a permanent option, is taking the lead in the battle of the QBs. From Adam Schefter:
Arizona plans to start QB Kevin Kolb against Oakland on Friday, however John Skelton is now considered the favorite to win starting QB job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2012
That was from Monday, and SB Nation's Cardinals blog, Revenge of the Birds, assessed the situation in pretty much the same way.
John Skelton and Kevin Kolb are obviously in the biggest and most publicized depth chart battle of them all. For Skelton, I am not saying that he necessarily should be higher already; it's just too early to proclaim that. What I am saying is that he could find himself as the starting QB once the regular season begins.
Elsewhere, Revenge of the Birds sees the possibility for Stewart Bradley to overtake Paris Lenon, who suffered an injury in their first preseason game against the Saints, at inside linebacker, for Andre Roberts to potentially start over Early Doucet and first-round draft pick Michael Floyd opposite Larry Fitzgerald, and for Williams Gay to hold onto the CB2 job behind Patrick Peterson.
Get more Cardinals coverage at Revenge of the Birds.