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With 31 NFL teams already set to go on who will be their starting quarterback for the season-opener next week, the Arizona Cardinals finally joined the group, picking their starter Friday.

According to ESPN, the Cardinals have decided that John Skelton will open up the season for Arizona as they face the Seattle Seahawks on September 9.

The quarterback battle looked like it would end up in Kevin Kolb's hands after Arizona made a big investment in him. However, Kolb hasn't been able to live up to expectations at all, with Skelton out-performing him in every single aspect throughout the pre-season.

"I'm not going to get into the specifics of everything that was involved but it's fair to say at this point going forward we feel like the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win right now is John Skelton," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

The 6-6 Skelton enters his third season with Arizona after being drafted by them in the fifth round out of Fordham. Skelton was mostly famous for leading Arizona to some big wins in the past few seasons, doing well when Kolb was out.  His record was 6-2 last season with Arizona.

"This is truly the first offseason he's had to work," Whisenhunt said, "and I've seen progress from him. He's a guy that's believed in himself. At times, he's shown he could make plays. At times, he's looked like a young quarterback."

Skelton threw for 1,913 yards along with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and a 68.9 rating with Arizona last season.

Skelton is a winner and can definitely work on his craft. He can definitely have a nice season this year.

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