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Cincinnati Bengals: Detailing John Skelton and QBs Fighting to Sit Behind Andy Dalton

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COMMENTARY | Andy Dalton has remained healthy through his first two season with the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team has added quality depth in the form of Josh Johnson and John Skelton as insurance.

With OTAs just getting underway in Cincinnati, one of the big fights heating up is between three quarterbacks vying for the chance to make the roster and act as Dalton's backup.

Like last season, Cincinnati will likely keep two quarterbacks on the roster. This means two of the three currently fighting for the spot behind Dalton will end up unemployed by the time the season rolls around if recent history is anything to go by.

Let's take a look at the three men jockeying for position this preseason.

Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson hasn't had that stellar of a career so far in the NFL. He entered the league in 2009 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lasted just three seasons as a backup.

Johnson is an elite athlete and dual-threat quarterback with an ability to hurt defenses on the ground. He fits the mold of the popular read-option craze going around the league at the moment, but that shouldn't come into play with the Bengals.

The problem for Johnson is experience. He's never attempted more than 125 passes in a season and has completed more than 53 percent of his attempts just once. He joined the Cleveland Browns late last year in week 17 and saw one snap, which he proceeded to fumble away after being sacked.

At this point, Johnson is going to have to prove a lot in camp. He's still a raw talent who has shown flashes of ability, but that may not be good enough to win the battle this preseason.

John Skelton

John Skelton may be the man entering training camp with the most room to grow and the most experience as a starter if you don't count Dalton.

Skelton was miserable with the Arizona Cardinals for the past three seasons, but that's something that can be forgiven considering the putrid offensive line and erratic coaching he had to deal with over all three years.

At the ripe age of 25, there's a chance Skelton could still develop into a quality backup or more in the right situation. He has a cannon for an arm and has all the physical qualities needed to succeed at the NFL level.

It's hard to argue Skelton isn't the favorite to win the backup job at this point in the preseason. He has the most experience and has a large amount of upside with the proper coaching.

Cincinnati could do much worse if Dalton were to go down with an injury, and the coaching staff clearly knows this because they liked Skelton enough to claim him off waivers once Arizona gave him the boot.

Zac Robinson

Zac Robinson may be the dark horse to make a serious push for the roster spot behind Dalton. He has experience learning from the likes of Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford and may have a leg up on the other two candidates because he has been on the Cincinnati practice squad for the past two years.

This experience in the system will undoubtedly help Robinson's chances as he'll be able to make the most of his extremely limited snaps this preseason, whereas the other two have to learn the offense as well as show enough in camp and practice games.

Robinson certainly isn't the biggest name, but the coaching staff's confidence in him somewhat soothed the loss of veteran Bruce Gradkowski. Then again, the coaching staff brought in two more quarterbacks to compete with him.

With the prototypical qualities of a backup quarterback thanks to his career path so far, keep a close eye on Robinson as we approach the regular season.

Chris Roling is a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. His work has appeared on Bleacher Report, Fansided, The Cincinnati Enquirer and more. He is the co-host of a Cincinnati Bengals podcast, @BengalsCentral

You can follow Chris on Twitter @Chris_Roling

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