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John Skelton is Decent Insurance Policy for Cincinnati Bengals

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If you’re a fan of a team in need of a starting quarterback, you probably wouldn’t be pleased if John Skelton was brought in to fill the position. But, if you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, bringing Skelton on board shouldn’t be viewed in the same way.

This isn’t another Arizona Cardinals situation, where Skelton will be in competition to start every week, the Bengals already have their man in Andy Dalton. This is why the signing of Skelton is a positive thing for Cincinnati.

Skelton essentially is an insurance policy for Dalton, and a pretty decent one at that. He’s still only 25 and going into his fourth season as a pro. He’s 8-9 as a starting quarterback in limited starts over three seasons in Arizona. His career numbers aren’t great, with a 53% completion percentage, and only 15 touchdowns to 25 interceptions.

Of course playing on a bad Cardinals team is partly to blame for those numbers, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.

So worst case scenario, if Dalton went down with an injury, Bengals’ fans should at least be confident Skelton can come in and efficiently run the offense. Just by playing with better teammates alone, it will make him a better QB, and I think we’ve probably seen his worst football.

His time in Arizona is likely not an accurate representation of what he can truly do as a pro QB. He’ll now have a couple of very good weapons to throw to, and at the same time, a reliable running back to hand off to.

Considering the remaining free agent quarterback options, I think the Bengals did very well with the signing of Skelton as their backup.


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