Cards expect a motivated Kolb for Sunday

Cards expect a motivated Kolb for Sunday
September 12, 2012, 7:49 pm
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FOXBORO -- There's a lot at stake for Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb Sunday in Foxboro. Beaten out in camp by John Skelton for the starting position Kolb was handpickedin 2011 to assume, Kolb got a second chance in the season opener. In the fourth quarter against the Seahawks, Skelton sprained an ankle, Kolb came in and went 6-for-8 for 66 yards and directed the game-winning drive. "He just got in rhythm and ripped some balls in there," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told the media. "We were all over every one of those throws. He is a gunslinger, he has always been like that. He just came in and was shooting from the hip and did a great job."

Kolb, who was acquired last season by Arizona in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick, was given a deal worth a potential 63 million.But hecouldn't hold off the metronomically effectiveSkelton. But with Skelton down, nowKolb'steammates hope to see more of the Kolb from last Sunday - the one they expected all along - to show up against the Patriots. Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes that safety Adrian Wilson wants Kolb to know how lucky he is to have another shot. "I hope it was very humbling for him," Wilson said, per Trotter. "I hope he understands what he has to do from this point forward. He has to play with that same type of edge all the time. It's not something that you do sometimes. It's an all-the-time thing. He had an OK preseason and didn't win the job, so now he has something to prove. There's a different level of 'want to.' So I hope it was very humbling for him."