By Bill Carey
August 14, 2012

John Skelton, right, is likely to beat out Kevin Kolb to be the Cardinals' starting quarterback. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

John Skelton is likely to beat out Kevin Kolb for the Arizona Cardinals' starting quarterback job, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kolb, who signed a five-year, $63 million contract when he was traded from the Eagles last offseason, will still start the team's next preseason game on Friday against the Raiders. But Schefter reports that "people within the organization" expect Skelton to take the job.

Neither quarterback played all that well last season, and neither has thrown a touchdown this preseason.

Kolb, in his first year with Arizona, went 3-6 as a starter in 2011. He completed 57.7 percent of his passes and threw nine touchdowns against eight interceptions. He missed time because of turf toe and a concussion.

In his place, Skelton went 5-2. He completed only 54.9 percent of his passes and threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (11). But as Schefter noted, he showed the ability to lead the team to come-from-behind wins in the fourth quarter.

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