Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback John Skelton (9) throws a pass in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers Work Out John Skelton

Apparently the San Francisco 49ers’ coaching staff is still not 100% convinced with their backup quarterbacks because earlier today the the team worked out former Arizona Cardinal John Skelton, as was first reported by the SportsXchange’s Howard Balzer.

Even after cutting Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace in favor of Colt McCoy and rookie B.J. Daniels just a few days ago in a tight race for roster spots, the team felt the need to see more quarterbacks.

Both Tolzien and Wallace are now members of the Green Bay Packers who ended up waiving all of their quarterbacks from the preseason aside for Aaron Rodgers.

As for Skelton, he was waived by the Cincinatti Bengals just a few days ago during final cuts.  He was unimpressive enough that he was not kept on the team as a third starter, with the Bengals instead electing to roll with former 49er Josh Johnson as the lone backup to Andy Dalton.

Prior to this season Skelton has started 17 games in his three seasons for the Cardinals who originally drafted him in the fifth round.  Overall he has played in 20 games.

Last season Skelton and co-starter Kevin Kolb both had trouble distinguishing themselves from the other and were in a timeshare at the position last season.  He finished with 1,132 yards passing with a 54.2 percent completion percentage and a ghastly two touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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  • machgman

    Over 3 preseason games with the Bengals against first, second, and third stringers, Skelton had a QB rating of over 104 while learning to play a West Coast Offense for the very first time.

    Nowhere did you recognize that Josh Johnson is a personal pet project of J Gruden, the Bengals offensive coordinator. Johnson managed only a 50% completion average during pre-season and posted a QB rating in the 60s, but since this is his third year with the Gruden WCO (he was drafted first in Tampa under the older Gruden) Johnson is familiar enough with the WCO system the Bengals uses whereas Skelton was still learning how to call and play that system. Also, Johnson is ten times better a rusher than he is a passer. He offers the Bengals their only read-run option.

    It would appear that any QB who posts a 104 QB rating while learning a new offensive system is UNIMPRESSIVE in your limited reporting ability to properly depict a player’s actual performance. In other words, your story is a prime example of a lazy a$$ way of writing.