UPDATE: Friday August 31 at 5:20 p.m. ET by Alex Hall
Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports is reporting that John Skelton has officially been named the Cardinals' starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. Somers broke the news via his personal Twitter account, tweeting:
It's official. John Skelton will start against Seattle. #AZCards— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) August 31, 2012
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NFL reporter Adam Caplan has reported via his Twitter account that one source has informed him that the Arizona Cardinals have named John Skelton their starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, tweeting:
John Skelton will start at QB for the Cardinals at least in wk. 1, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 31, 2012
Skelton has been impressing through out the preseason, going 7-13 for 64 yards along with one touchdown and interception in his final two exhibition contests.
Kolb will find himself in the same role he was in a few years back with the Philadelphia Eagles: a backup quarterback. Whether No. 4 finds himself on the bench past Week 1 is still unknown and will likely be partially determined by the play of Skelton against Seattle's stingy defense.
While Kolb battled injuries in 2011, Skelton lead the Cardinals on a late season surge. The team won five of their last seven games last year, with the then-backup QB throwing almost 1,200 yards combined over that time.
Skelton finished 2011 with 1,913 passing yards along with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In his first season with Arizona, Kolb threw for 1,955 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions through nine games.
If Skelton can continue his preseason success against the Seahawks, who finished with the ninth best defense in 2011, then this quarterback battle should be all but over. Seattle easily boasts the second-best defense in the NFC West and if the the Cardinals won, they would start off 1-0 in the division.
The third-year quarterback will play in the biggest game of his career Sept. 9 and if he rises to the occasion, he can finally add "starting quarterback" on his resume.