Bengals claim John Skelton off waivers from Cards

4/3/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed quarterback John Skelton off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced on Wednesday. John Skelton had been released only two days ago after the Arizona Cardinals acquired quarterback Carson Palmer in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.
 
John Skelton joins the Cincinnati Bengals in competition for the backup spot behind starting quarterback Andy Dalton. The Cincinnati Bengals seem content with third-year pro Andy Dalton, who has led the team to the playoffs in two straight years. However, just like any other team, the Cincinnati Bengals would prefer a capable backup behind Andy Dalton as insurance.
 
Currently, John Skelton’s main competition for training camp appears to be former Cleveland Browns reserve quarterback Josh Johnson, who was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals after they lost Bruce Gradkowski to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in free agency. Bruce Gradkowski was the Cincinnati Bengals’ backup quarterback over the past two seasons. The other remaining quarterback on the Cincinnati Bengals roster is Zac Robinson, who is entering his third-year in NFL but has yet to appear in a game.
 
Keeping that in mind, John Skelton has far more experience to lock the backup spot. In 20 career games, John Skelton has started 17. John Skelton has a 8-9 record as a starter for the Arizona Cardinals in those games, including going 5-2 in the 2011 season. The 25-year-old John Skelton has completed 320 of 602 passes for 3,707 yards, 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions while boasting a career passer rating of 63 during his NFL career.
 
“We’re glad to add John to cultivate a competitive situation behind Andy Dalton,” said Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. “He’s a young player (age 25), but he has had valuable experience starting and leading a team in the NFL.”
 
However last season, John Skelton went 1-5 as a starter, completing 109 of his 201 passes for 1,132 yards, two touchdowns and nine interceptions on a passer rating of 55.4. Still the former first-round pick in the 2010 draft, John Skelton, possesses a strong arm and has displayed toughness in the pocket.
 
Moreover, his track record as a starter seems far better than Josh Johnson, who has a 8-14 starting record, but has never won a game in five career starts over four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who originally selected out him of San Diego in the fifth-round of the 2008 NFL draft. In 27-career games, Josh Johnson has 96 of his 117 passes for a combined 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
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