He was he unlikely choice to emerge from a two-way quarterback battle in the dessert, but the Seattle Seahawks will face quarterback John Skelton when the take on Arizona on Sunday.
The third-year pro out of Fordham University finished 5-2 as a starter last season, including a 19-17 overtime win over Seattle in the final game of the year. At 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds, Skelton has drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger because of his ability to extend plays and his resistance to arm tackles.
“I’m not the fastest guy,” Skelton said. “I’m not the quickest guy. No one is going to confuse me for a speed guy. But at the same time as far as moving in the pocket, stepping up in the pocket, making one guy miss and keeping plays alive, that’s something that I do pride myself on.”
“He’s very, very good at it,” added Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “This (Arizona coaching) staff is basically from Pittsburgh, where they watched Ben for all of those years … doing his thing. … You don’t know when you have him. He can make something happen when you’re hanging all over him.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Doug Baldwin looks like he’s back to his old self after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times profiles Russell Wilson, writing that his rise to NFL starter is now surprise to those who know him.
Brian McIntyre of NFL.com writes that Seattle quarterback Josh Portis is earning $6,700 a week on the practice squad ($113,900 for the season), which is more than the minimum practice squad rate of $5,700 a week.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes that contrary to reports, tight end Kellen Winslow did not fail a physical on his visit to New England.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports picks the Cardinals 20-17 over Seattle. Prisco: “This is a game of great quarterback interest. The Seahawks will be starting rookie Russell Wilson. This is a tough spot for a rookie quarterback on the road in a division game. The Cardinals will counter with John Skelton, who beat out Kevin Kolb. The concern, though, is the guys in front of Skelton. Can they protect him? I say they do. Skelton has the better game than Wilson.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune churns out a nice story on former Seahawks quarterback and Tacoma native Jon Kitna, following the first-year coach around on the opening week of the high school season, which included a come-from-behind over Bonney Lake for the Abes.
Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that Pete Carroll and John Schneider have built a playoff contender with a group of misfits that somehow make sense together.
KJR’s Mitch Levy talks with Peter King of Sports Illustrated about the Seahawks in this audio link.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that Arizona will lean on running backs Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that it’s not hard to see why the Cardinals went with John Skelton as the team’s starting quarterback.
Derek Stephens of ScoutingTheSeahawks.com provides more details on Seattle’s new pass rush.
Did you ever wonder what ESPN’s John Clayton does after he’s done taping his segment? Watch the video below and find out.