The first time John Skelton saw action in a regula

first_imgThe first time John Skelton saw action in a regular seasonNFL game was at University of Phoenix Stadium against theSt. Louis Rams.A fifth-round pick out of Fordham, the rookie entered thegame when both Derek Anderson and Max Hall went down withinjuries. Skelton completed three of six passes for 45 yards inArizona’s 19-6 loss, but the experience he gained that day— and the four starts that followed — will help him ifhe gets the call Sunday for an injured Kevin Kolb, athome, against the Rams. “Anytime you get experience it’s invaluable,” Skeltonsaid. “So those four games I got to play last year reallyhelped towards this year.”Skelton said his goal is to make the most of anyopportunity he’s given, which he sort of did last season.Skelton led the team to two wins in four starts, thoughcompleted just 47.6 percent of his passes and threw justtwo touchdowns.No longer a rookie, the QB is more confident this timearound.“I fit in now,” he said. “Maybe last year, early in theyear, training camp and stuff, I felt out of place, butnow I know I can make all the throws, I’ve seen a lot ofdefenses and I’ll be prepared for what they bring.”And while the team is comfortable with Skelton,a big game Sunday would not mean he should bepermanently elevated to the starter’s role.“[Kevin’s] the starting quarterback, I’m just going tocome in, do my backup-role job,” he said. “I am going toprepare like I’m the starter but I do that every weekanyways.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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