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Updated Aug 2, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Arizona Cardinals John Skelton not affected by QB competition

John Skelton and the Cardinals huddle up during the team's annual night practice at Lumberjack Stadium on August 1, 2012. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

For John Skelton, the quarterback competition at Arizona Cardinals camp hasn't proved to be a distraction.

"I don't think it really crosses my mind too much," Skelton told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Show Thursday. "It's something where whether I was competing for a starting job or competing to be on the roster, I am going to take it the same way."

The Fordham product doesn't feel too anxious about the competition with Kevin Kolb, but he did admit he pays more attention to the mistakes he makes in camp.

"I am pretty even keel," Skelton explained. "I don't get too high, I don't get too low. There's times coming off the practice field where you look back and you kind of regret a throw you made or regret a read and maybe now being in this situation you kind of harp on it a little longer."

Skelton, who has been praised for the intangibles he possesses, threw for 1,913 yards and 11 touchdowns and showed great poise in the pocket while leading the Cardinals in the absence of an injured Kolb last season.

The 24-year-old knows he has to improve his accuracy and protect the football if he wants to beat Kolb out for the starting job, but he feels he's making great strides in those areas.

"I think I took care of the ball," Skelton said in reference to his play in Wednesday's night practice. "There was some times where I probably could have forced it down the field, which in the past I have done."

The Cardinals' signal caller also raved about the progress the offense has shown and how they have improved over a short period of time.

"I think as an offense where we were Saturday during the Red White scrimmage to where we were [Wednesday] was almost night and day," Skelton said. "We were able to move the ball. We seemed like we were a lot more comfortable on offense and it shows."

It appears Skelton's mindset is also more at ease with each passing day and despite reports saying he was behind Kolb on the Cardinals' depth chart, Skelton said his psyche is just fine.

"I guess for aesthetic purposes you have to have a one and two [quarterback] at some point and I guess that's what it was," Skelton explained.

And while he expects the speculation to continue until the Cardinals name their starting quarterback, Skelton said he's not bothered by it.

"I think a lot of these outside influences talk about it more than we do in-house," Skelton said. "It's not something that's being harped on it all the time. I don't think I see it as a burden or anything like that."


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