The Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans both have quarterback duels going down this offseason.
The Cardinals’ Kevin Kolb and John Skelton will battle in camp, but Kolb has the edge because the organization decided to pay his $7 million roster bonus this offseason. Despite a lackluster and injury-plagued season of 2011, Kolb will get the benefit of the doubt heading into the season.
With added weapon Michael Floyd, it’s now or never for Kolb as a starter in the NFL.
The Titans have a bout at the quarterback position going on themselves between veteran Matt Hasselbeck and second-year player Jake Locker.
Hasselbeck proved that he’s still capable of being successful as a starter in the league when the Titans finished 9-7 with him under center in 2011.
The only thing going against Hasselbeck is that he’s got Locker, the team’s suspected franchise quarterback, raring to go right behind him.
Locker has all the traits necessary to flourish in the NFL. his size and strength are remarkable, and his leadership skills are uncanny. Fans have to respect that Locker gave up his chance to go No. 1 in the 2010 NFL draft to return to the University of Washington for his senior season.
Heading into training camp, this is really Locker’s job to lose. If he isn’t quite ready to take the reins, the Titans have the trusty Hasselbeck to rely on.