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John Skelton | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 250
College: Fordham
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Titans waived QB John Skelton.
The move clears a roster spot for rookie Tyler Wilson, who was signed on Monday. It's the third time Skelton has been released since August. The fact that Skelton made 17 starts for the Cardinals between 2010-12 tells you a lot about how dire things were on offense in the desert before GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians arrived. Tue, Dec 17, 2013 03:15:00 PM

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Titans signed QB John Skelton, formerly of the 49ers.

Skelton had a cup of coffee in San Francisco after spending training camp with the Bengals and getting beaten out by Josh Johnson to back up Andy Dalton. Still only 25 1/2 years old, Skelton has a career TD-to-INT ratio of 15:25. The Titans hope he will push Rusty Smith behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Free agent QB John Skelton is visiting the Titans again Monday.

Beat writer Jim Wyatt expects Skelton to get a contract this time. The Titans likely view him as an upgrade on current backup Rusty Smith. Despite the rash of quarterback injuries around the league, Skelton has been on the street since the 49ers waived him in early October.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:31:00 AM

The Packers will work out free agent John Skelton on Monday evening.

They tried out old pal Matt Flynn earlier in the day, but haven't signed him yet. Aaron Rodgers is week to week with a collarbone injury, while Seneca Wallace suffered a first-quarter groin strain in Sunday's loss to Detroit. The Packers are looking for a healthy body to back up Scott Tolzien. Yuck.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Free agent QB John Skelton worked out for the Bucs Tuesday.

Skelton is also expected to visit with the Texans this week. He wouldn't be more than a No. 3 quarterback if signed. Skelton failed to make the Bengals this preseason and was waived by the 49ers earlier this month.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 11:26:00 AM

49ers waived QB John Skelton.

Skelton was just signed eight days ago. He was inactive for Week 5 against the Texans and is now being replaced by QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 05:42:00 PM

49ers agreed to terms with QB John Skelton.

Sure, why not. Skelton was just in Tennessee working out for the Titans on Tuesday, but tried out for the 49ers early last month. The inaccurate, immobile former Cardinal would seem to be a poor fit for the 49ers' cerebral, multiple offense, but you could do much worse for a No. 3 quarterback. Skelton is taking rookie QB B.J. Daniels' roster spot.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 05:06:00 PM

In addition to David Carr, the Titans will also work out free agent QB John Skelton on Tuesday.

The Titans have also reportedly "discussed" Matt Leinart. If they watched Leinart in the preseason for Buffalo, they likely quickly dismissed him. Skelton spent the summer with the Bengals. He has a monster arm but serious accuracy issues. Skelton completed 15-of-25 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown in the preseason. He lost out to Josh Johnson for backup duties in Cincy.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Free agent QB John Skelton worked out for the 49ers.

The 49ers are addicted to adding and subtracting signal callers, but it's hard to see what Skelton would add behind Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy. The Niners are likely just doing their due diligence on a former division rival.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 05:34:00 PM

Bengals released QB John Skelton.

Skelton is only 25 with a big arm, but he's slow to process information and has wild accuracy. He was beaten out by Josh Johnson in Bengals camp.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Bengals claimed QB John Skelton off waivers from the Cardinals.

He's the second quarterback the Bengals have acquired to compete behind Andy Dalton. Big-armed Skelton should be the favorite to beat out Josh Johnson for No. 2 duties after Johnson couldn't stick with college coach Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco last season. Still only 25, Skelton has lots of experience after being thrown into the fire in Arizona over the past three seasons, but could greatly benefit from observing as a pure reserve for a year or two. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Skelton will be a free agent next winter.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 04:49:00 PM

Cardinals waived QB John Skelton.

This move would seem to foreshadow a Carson Palmer trade. The Palmer deal is going to happen, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported earlier in the day that Skelton was likely the odd man out. Skelton, 25, started six games last season, completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,132 yards, two touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Over three NFL seasons, Skelton has a 15:25 career TD-to-INT ratio. Still only 25, Skelton will get another chance because he has a big arm. He'd make sense as a competitor for Tyrod Taylor in Baltimore, behind Joe Flacco.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 06:16:00 PM

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, "early indications" are that John Skelton will be released once the Cardinals acquire Carson Palmer.

The Cardinals are going to have five QBs once they bring Palmer aboard, which even in the offseason doesn't make sense. Skelton fell out of favor with Ken Whisenhunt down the stretch last season, and posted a pitiful 55.4 QB rating over 201 passes. Skelton's lone calling card is his strong arm, so it would be a poor sign for his future if he's cut loose by Bruce Arians, who loves big-armed QBs.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Cardinals declared QB John Skelton, S Rashad Johnson, OG Senio Kelemete, OG Mike Gibson, TE Kory Sperry, WR Early Doucet, and DE Ronald Talley inactive for Week 16 against the Bears.

Ryan Lindley gets another start at quarterback. The Cardinals' top three receivers with Doucet out will be Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and Andre Roberts.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 02:58:00 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt is unsure who will be the Cardinals' starting quarterback in Week 15.

Posed that question by a reporter in Sunday's presser, Whiz responded "Do you play?" Both John Skelton and Ryan Lindley were the worst player on the field when they entered the game in Sunday's 58-0 demolition in Seattle. "Part of our struggles have been tied into the inconsistency at that position. You've got to have something there that can cover up some other areas, and we're not getting that." If the Cardinals decide to hit the open market for a temporary fill-in, free agent Vince Young has offered up his services via Twitter.
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 12:05:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Kyle Orton
2Josh Freeman
3B.J. Coleman
4Dominique Davis
5Tim Tebow
6Josh Portis
7John Skelton
8Vince Young
9Kevin Kolb
10Tyler Thigpen
11David Carr
12Pat White
13John Parker Wilson
14Jerrod Johnson
15Adam Weber
16Nate Enderle
17Nick Stephens
18Ryan Katz
19Colby Cameron
20Kyle Padron
21James Vandenberg
22Mike Hermann
23Nathan Stanley
24Dalton Williams
25Matt Brown
26Caleb TerBush
27Tim Jenkins
28Dayne Crist
29Brett Smith
30Tommy Rees
31Brock Jensen
32Jordan Rodgers
33Alex Carder
34Keith Price
35Kory Faulkner
36Collin Klein
37Rusty Smith
RB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Jamie Harper
9Chris Rainey
10Terrance Ganaway
11Alvester Alexander
12Zach Brown
13Brandon Saine
14Tim Cornett
15Isaac Redman
16Lance Ball
17D.J. Harper
18Jordan Roberts
19Orwin Smith
20Javarris James
21Darren Evans
22Delone Carter
23Anthony Allen
24Damien Berry
25Richard Murphy
26Phillip Tanner
27Tim Flanders
28Armond Smith
29Stefphon Jefferson
30Deonte Williams
31Bradley Randle
32Quentin Hines
33De'Leon Eskridge
GLB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
5Andre Brown
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Chris Pressley
7Brit Miller
8Braden Wilson
9Owen Marecic
10Dorson Boyce
11Owen Schmitt
12Quinn Johnson
13Roosevelt Nix
14James Baker
15Ben Bartholomew
16Alex Debniak
17Ryan Roberson
18Jonathan Amosa
19Rupert Bryan
20Ryan D'Imperio
21Eddie Williams
22Jon Hoese
23Ben Guidugli
24Nate Eachus
25Jourdan Brooks
26Devonte Campbell
27Brock Bolen
WR11Laurent Robinson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Titus Young
4Darius Johnson
5Keenan Davis
6Kevin Hardy
7Lamont Bryant
8Taulib Ikharo
9Terrence Toliver
10Greg Childs
11Devery Henderson
12Ben Obomanu
13Richard Goodman
14Emmanuel Arceneaux
15Johnathan Haggerty
16Jordan White
17Matt Willis
18Lavelle Hawkins
19Brett Swain
20Chaz Schilens
21Charly Martin
22Robby Toma
23Carlin Isles
24Chandler Jones
25Jeremy Kelley
26Sederrick Cunningham
27Zach Rogers
28Marcus Jackson
29Nicholas Johnson
30Roy Roundtree
31Erik Highsmith
32Sam McGuffie
33Tyrone Goard
34Chip Reeves
35Terrell Sinkfield
36Jheranie Boyd
37Eric Rogers
38Rashaad Carter
39Bert Reed
40Brandon Carswell
41Joseph Anderson
42Cole McKenzie
43Jamal Miles
44Rashad Evans
45Quintin Payton
46Demetrius Fields
47Scott Pillar
48Julius Pruitt
49Mardy Gilyard
50Diondre Borel
51Jon Baldwin
52Chastin West
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Kerry Meier
4Donald Jones
5Brandon Banks
6Chris Givens
7Raymond Radway
8Darius Hanks
9Aaron Mellette
10Robert Gill
11Steve Breaston
12Earl Bennett
13Mohamed Massaquoi
14Jordan Shipley
15Donte' Stallworth
16Michael Jenkins
17Devin Aromashodu
18Jarett Dillard
19David Ball
20Brandon Collins
21Tray Session
22Dominique Croom
23David Douglas
24Jeff Fuller
25Tim Toone
26Duke Calhoun
27Martel Moore
28Nicholas Edwards
29Perez Ashford
30Rodrick Rumble
31Ronald Johnson
32Roberto Wallace
33Bobby Sewall
34Terrence Austin
35Devin Goda
36Kevin Elliott
37Jared Green
38Michael Calvin
39Taveon Rogers
40Jason Thompson
41Omarius Hines
42Anthony Amos
43R.J. Webb
44Andrew Helmick
45Alex Neutz
46Kelsey Pope
47Jordan Harris
48Andrew DePaola
49James Shaw
50Brandon Kaufman
51Jerry Johnson
52Early Doucet
53Deon Butler
54Patrick Crayton
WR31Jabar Gaffney
2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
TE1Adam Nissley
2Danny Noble
3Randy McMichael
4Leonard Pope
5Tony Scheffler
6David Thomas
7Kevin Boss
8Aaron Hernandez
9D.J. Williams
10Tommy Gallarda
11Michael Egnew
12Sean McGrath
13Andrew Szczerba
14Daniel Graham
15Billy Bajema
16Jamie Childers
17Steve Watson
18Matt Furstenburg
19Ben Cotton
20David Rolf
21Joe Sawyer
22Dan Gronkowski
23Martin Rucker
24Joel Dreessen
25Nelson Rosario
26Hayden Smith
27Konrad Reuland
28Colin Cloherty
29Dominique Curry
30Tom Crabtree
31Brody Eldridge
32Nate Byham
33Dedrick Epps
34Ben Hartsock
35Visanthe Shiancoe
36Jamie McCoy
37Cameron Graham
38Alex Silvestro
39Tim Biere
40Isaiah Stanback
41Richard Quinn
42Jake O'Connell
43Evan Moore
44Evan Landi
45Taylor Cook
46Travis Tannahill
47Chase Clement
48A.C. Leonard
49Joe Don Duncan
50Chase Dixon
51David Wright
K1Rob Bironas
2Garrett Hartley
3Matt Szymanski
4Danny Hrapmann
5Brandon Bogotay
6Havard Rugland
7Austin Signor
8Morgan Lineberry
9Brett Baer
10Brett Maher
11Jose Maltos
12Adam Yates
13Zach Ramirez
14Michael Palardy
15Sergio Castillo