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first_img Top Stories Brooks adds that Kolb “must rediscover his nerve withinthe pocket” if he is to turn into the QB the Cardinalsthought they were getting. As for Skelton, Brooks notes that the QB has“significantly improved his mechanics” since entering theNFL as a fifth-round pick from Fordham. That has helpedthe QB get over struggles with accuracy — to an extent,of course — which bodes well for his future.This is a huge development for the Cardinals because itallows Whisenhunt to incorporate square-ins, seam routesand skinny posts into the game plan to take advantage ofthe superior size, strength and physicality of hisreceiving corps. Brooks says Kolb’s status as the big-time acquisition witha big contract will give him first crack at the job,saying he “must show a better mastery of the scheme andplay with confidence expected from a franchise-caliberquarterback.” But I don’t believe Kolb can make a dramatic turnaroundwith his performance, so I would opt for Skelton in thiscompetition. We will soon see if Whisenhunt agrees with myassessment. The Arizona Cardinals QB battle has not even really begunyet, but that has not stopped people from weighing in withtheir thoughts.You can count NFL.com’sBucky Brooks among those with an opinion, though hismay be worth a little more than some, since he broke downthe film before coming to a conclusion.On Kolb, the analyst for the NFL network said there islittle doubt the QB’s inexperience in the team’s offensecontributed to his struggles. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Without the benefit of minicamps and OTAs to work out thekinks, Kolb suffered through his growing pains during gameaction. For instance, he didn’t appear to have a completemastery of the Cardinals’ passing game, so he wouldstruggle moving on to his second or third read in theprogression when the primary target was covered. As aresult, he took a number of hits and sacks within thepocket, and appeared jumpy when rushers closed. Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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