Aug 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) makes a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Against Kansas City, John Skelton got the start and completed 4/6 passes. He generally was on target, but his decision making was in question.
After the jump, you can read a breakdown of each throw he made.
Throw 1: Against a four-man rush, Skelton throws to Andre Roberts complete for 10 yards. It was on the money. Good throw.
Throw 2: Again four-man rush, but one was a rushing linebacker. Skelton cooly moved to his left to avoid the pressure and made a good throw toward the sideline complete to Roberts.
Throw 3: It was second down on the second drive. He made a three-step drop and threw it to a covered Todd Heap over the middle. The pass was broken up. It was a bit of a dangerous throw, as the defender was already right there. Larry Fitzgerald was in the same spot on the right side of the field with his defender a little behind him. Then again, Skelton never looked off Heap, so Fitz' defender never had to move.
Pass attempt 4: He never got the throw off. The Chiefs rushed six men and sacked Skelton.
Pass attempt 5: Nullified by pass interference call. Skelton put the ball in a great spot for Fitz to reach and catch it, away from his defender. But it didn't count.
Throw 4: Play action. Lots of time. He throws to Fitz and it is on target. 17 yards.
Throw 5: Incomplete. From the shotgun, there is some pressure from the outside, but he steps up in the pocket, but throws a ball down the field that is off target because it is tipped.
Throw 6: his interception. He stepped away from pressure and throws off-balance across his body to Fitz. Bad throw. It is to Fitz with two defenders, but he kept the ball inside the field. Ill advised. He could have tucked the ball and run.
In summary, he started out really well. If he keeps his footing, he makes good throws. He does not throw the ball well on the run. Since he has yet to see many blitzes overall, this could be something that could cause a problem. If he can shift on direction or another and still make a regular throw, he can deliver it. He was on target each time on Friday.
Kolb's throws are up next.
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