John Skelton heard the cheers.
Max Hall had gone down with what turned out to be a bad shoulder injury, and Skelton donned his helmet for the first time since the regular-season started and, during the injury timeout, went on the field to take a few quick snaps from center Lyle Sendlein. He hadn’t been able to do much of that. And the crowd erupted.
“I heard them,” Skelton said. “It is nice to hear them cheering for you like that, but I haven’t really done anything on the field yet. Time will tell.”
If Skelton is anything, he is even-keeled and realistic, at least outwardly. He has been hoping for his chance, but he isn’t about to predict greatness. You can tell he has a belief, but he isn’t about to make any bold pronouncements. That’s probably for the best.
“I think I have the capability of playing at this level,” Skelton said, before repeating himself. “Time will tell.”
Less than a week ago, coach Ken Whisenhunt said Skelton would only play because of injury. That’s what happened Sunday when everything was said and done. And it could get Skelton a start. Whisenhunt wasn’t exactly saying Skelton was his pick for the rest of the season, though. Maybe it’s because Skelton still isn’t ready – which the coaches have maintained for the entire season – and maybe they see the way Hall was batted around during his playing time and don’t want the same for Skelton.
The Cards seem likely to sign someone – reports of Redskins castoff/UFL QB Richard Bartel as the option have been prevalent, and he did go 10-for-12 with a TD for the Redskins against the Cards in this season’s preseason finale – and Whiz didn’t rule out such a player starting.
Whisenhunt talking about seeing anything out of Skelton this season as “bonus” also makes me wonder how much Whiz wants this to happen at this point. The coach emphasized Skelton excites him for the future, which to me means he’s going to be around even if he didn’t play/show anything.
“I’m very pleased with how he handled himself in that game yesterday,” Whisenhunt said. “Especially against a team that blitzes the way they did. (I liked) the fact he was able to make some throws. But by no means do I think he is ready to play.”
That’s a strong statement. Skelton as starter still seems logical. But we will see how it manifests itself going forward.
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