Cards' QB competition to continue during camp

John Skelton (Getty)

Coach Ken Whisenhunt started a joke about the team's quarterback competition on the first day of training camp and has run with it like a marathoner.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt started a joke on the first day of training camp and has run with it like a marathoner.

Almost every day, Whisenhunt has started his noon press conference by announcing, in some form, that he has not picked a starting quarterback yet.

He knows this is going to be the main topic of training camp and the rest of the preseason. And he also is going to take his time making a decision. That's not likely to come until late August.

Through the first week of training camp, neither Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton distanced himself from the other. Both have looked good at times and not so hot at others.

Both were in the spotlight last Saturday when the team held its annual Red and White practice, which features more 11-on-11 sessions than a normal practice.

Not much new was learned.

Skelton started, but only because the two quarterbacks have alternated days as the starter. Skelton's day was Saturday. But Kolb worked with the starters an equal amount.

Skelton overthrew Larry Fitzgerald on the second play of the scrimmage. Skelton likely would have been sacked on the play, and dodging the defender probably threw off his timing.

Still, Fitzgerald was open and he wasn't given a chance to catch the ball. Missing open receivers, especially early in games, was a problem for Skelton a year ago.

Kolb also struggled at times. He appeared to move out of the pocket too quickly at times, and two of his passes were intercepted.

But he also completed 5 of 7 in one session and threw the only touchdown pass of the day.

"We've got a long ways to go," Skelton said after the practice. "We've only had four practices. We have a lot more camp, but it's a barometer of where we are now."

Kolb was disappointed the offense didn't play better, but he also cautioned that it's early.

"Starting fast is our biggest push this year," he said. "And then obviously punching it in in the red zone. I think we only did it one time in the true offensive periods."

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