John Skelton Claimed By Cincinnati Bengals, Adding Viable Backup QB

By Simon Greene
John Skelton
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According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Bengals have claimed former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton off the waivers. Immediately, Twitter has come alive with the same questions that are currently going through my head, which are: “Why would they waste their money like that?” “Why would they pick up old garbage?” The ever classic “WHY?!” And then the less obvious “Is it too early to pick up Super Bowl tickets?”

Of course, when writing an article, answering questions like this might be a bit ridiculous, so I ask the proper question: At only 25 years of age, does Skelton have what it takes to make it in the NFL? Well I’ll start by saying that there is no way that he will be challenging Andy Dalton for the starting position, in fact there is a big likelihood that by the time the season starts he won’t be on the roster.

Skelton, drafted in 2010 had been the starting quarterback in Fordham University since his freshman year, throwing for over 10,000 yards and 69 touchdowns in three and a half years. Unfortunately, in the three years since he came to the NFL, he has only started 17 games, throwing for 25 interceptions to only 15 touchdowns and 3,707 yards (that’s 186 yards per game, for those of you who were wondering.) It’s hard to see why the Bengals would pick up someone with stats like this, but the truth of the matter is that as backup quarterbacks go, he’s one of the top.

The fifth-round quarterback has won nine of the twenty total games he’s played in, a stat that most backup quarterbacks cannot claim, in fact he actually has more touchdowns than a lot of backup quarterbacks. Skelton could very well prove us all wrong and beat out the other backup prospect Josh Johnson for the role. Although his stats don’t make it seem that way, the tank is still full, the Bengals have made the right choice and he does have what it takes to remain in the NFL.

Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer. Follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88

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