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Bengals Banter: Talking John Skelton, & Tyler Eifert a Draft Option?

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Dec 9, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals brought in another quarterback to compete for the backup spot when they claimed John Skelton off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals yesterday.

"My biggest strength right now is a strong arm. I’m still young. I’m still learning the game. But when it comes to driving a 20-yard comeback or a crossing route down the field, that’s a throw I’m comfortable making. There’s always things to work on. There’s always things that can get better. I know my accuracy and my completion ranking (percentage) isn’t where it needs to be. And some of my decisions in Arizona have been questioned. But I think with the right coaching staff and the right personnel around me I can improve on all of that."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was pleased with the signing and added competition:

"We’re glad to add John to cultivate a competitive situation behind Andy Dalton. He’s a young player (age 25), but he has had valuable experience starting and leading a team in the NFL."