Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Battles: John Skelton vs. Kevin Kolb

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IMay 9, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Quarterbacks Kevin Kolb #4 and John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals talk during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 NFL free agency frenzy and draft in the rear-view mirror, it's time for players to prove their worth to their respective franchises. Rookies and veterans will battle in training camp and offseason training activities to earn starting roles. 

Kevin Kolb was supposed to be the franchise quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals after the blockbuster trade that sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the former Houston quarterback. 

However, Kolb struggled mightily before suffering injuries, leading the Cardinals to a 3-6 record and passing for 1,955 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. 

When Kolb went down, fifth-round draft pick John Skelton took the reigns and played extremely well, posting a 5-2 record while passing for 1,913 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt stated that there would be an open competition for the starting role, crediting Skelton's solid play. 

With Larry Fitzgerald and first-round draft choice Michael Floyd at wideout, the Cardinals really need a solid signal-caller to get them the ball in Arizona's pass-happy offense.