Once Skeleton Crew, Has Skelton Key

The Arizona Cardinals began voluntary organized team activities this week, and there was as much to talk about off the field as on. Coach Ken Whisenhunt kept his team in check and liked what he saw from the quarterback group, which includes newcomer QB John Skelton.

The Arizona Cardinals liked what they saw out of former Fordham QB John Skelton enough to put a ring on it, or rather ring a few teams to put their order in. The Cardinals went on the offense bypassing their appointed draft slot to take the 6'5", 243-pound signal caller.

Since then, it's Skelton's turn to go to work. Coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't mention Skelton specifically when he said:

"I thought the quarterbacks through the ball very well this week," regarding OTAs, but the Cardinals are keeping a very close watch on the 22-year-old quarterback who helped fill up a once skeleton quarterback corps.

John Skelton

Skelton knows when it's his time to show coaches what he has. He wasn't among the large group of quarterbacks who opted not to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February.

"It's just a great opportunity," Skelton said. "You have coaches, GMs, owners, why you wouldn't want to throw, I wouldn't understand. I just feel like it's a great opportunity to show your talents, show what you got."

His attitude of, "they're here to watch someone, might as well be me," paid dividends in the draft. Skelton hopes that will continue with the Cardinals whose facilities were only a hop, a skip and a jump away from where he was training prior to the Combine. He trained in Phoenix with a few areas of improvement in mind.

"Ever since I got out there, the main focus was getting my footwork where it needs to be and a lot of my inaccurate balls were based on my footwork and maybe not getting that in the right placement," Skelton had said.

Skelton obviously impressed Cardinals scouts pre-draft, but who needs scouts when players are willing to make their own scouting report?

"I would say moves well, very agile, good size, good arm strength, footwork could use some work, but has all the talent, all the ability to play in the NFL," Skelton said of himself.

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