Cardinals QB John Skelton has experience which should help him against St. Louis Rams

Via Adam Green/Arizona Sports:

(By Mark J. Rebilas, US Presswire)

The first time John Skelton saw action in a regular season NFL game was at University of Phoenix Stadium against the St. Louis Rams.A fifth-round pick out of Fordham, the rookie entered the game when both Derek Anderson and Max Hall went down with injuries.

Skelton completed three of six passes for 45 yards in Arizona’s 19-6 loss, but the experience he gained that day — and the four starts that followed — will help him if he gets the call Sunday for an injured Kevin Kolb, at home, against the Rams.

“Anytime you get experience it’s invaluable,” Skelton said. “So those four games I got to play last year really helped towards this year.”

Skelton said his goal is to make the most of any opportunity he’s given, which he sort of did last season. Skelton led the team to two wins in four starts, though completed just 47.6 percent of his passes and threw just two touchdowns.

No longer a rookie, the QB is more confident this time around.

“I fit in now,” he said. “Maybe last year, early in the year, training camp and stuff, I felt out of place, but now I know I can make all the throws, I’ve seen a lot of defenses and I’ll be prepared for what they bring.”

And while the team is comfortable with Skelton, a big game Sunday would not meanhe should be permanently elevated to the starter’s role.

“[Kevin’s] the starting quarterback, I’m just going to come in, do my backup-role job,” he said. “I am going to prepare like I’m the starter but I do that every week anyways.”

In his starts, he has brought a very nice balanced attack for the Cardinals and I think Larry Fitzgerald and the running game will like that he is starting¬†today. I feel he won’t turn the ball over excessively or force anything. He will bring short yardage and long drives which the Cardinals have needed all season long…

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