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Updated Jul 27, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Cards lineman: Whoever starts, we benefit

It's the third day of Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff, and the birds are one step closer to deciding who will top the team's depth chart at quarterback.

Unfortunately, nobody is really sure whether Kevin Kolb or John Skelton has the inside track towards landing the starting gig.

Offensive lineman Daryn Colledge joined Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo to give his thoughts on the quarterback battle, saying that regardless of who starts, having both players on the team is a huge benefit.

"Both guys are extremely talented," said Colledge. "We think both guys can win the game and I think we're happy with whichever one [is starting] and we're happy to have the other one backing him up.

"We want guys that want to compete and guys that want to win. We think both guys can do that."

A fairly optimistic outlook by Mr. Colledge can't negate how much pressure is on Kolb, who performed well-below expectations after signing a five-year contract worth $63 million.

Once thought to be the new franchise quarterback, Kolb went 1-6 while battling injuries throughout the 2011 season, paving the way for backup Skelton to take his place on the field. Skelton finished the season with a less than adequate 54.9% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, but he did lead the Cardinals to six wins through late-game heroics.

But even if Skelton produced more wins and there are rumors of him being the favorite in camp, Colledge believes Kolb deserves a fair shot at the starting job.

"I think [Kolb] was put into a terrible situation last year. We had four practices until we were in a game and he's taking a lot of shots and got some injuries and that's hard, especially for the quarterback.

"Skelton knew the offense and was able to come in and manufacture some drives that put him in a great position to make [the game] a competitive thing. I think that's a hats off to Skelton, but it's going to be a no-hold barred competition all camp."

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