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Vikings: The Tale Of 4 Quarterbacks

August 31, 2010

The Minnesota Vikings have already set the majority of their lineup for the September 9 re-match of the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints. The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when quarterback Brett Favre returned to the team on August 17. Excluding Favre, most of the the training camp buzz has surrounded the backup positions. Of specific interest has been the battle to backup ironman Brett Favre.

Fifth-year pro Tarvaris Jackson sits atop the depth chart, but has played very little since Favre came back. Despite his limited action, head coach Brad Childress has said he is impressed with Jackson’s evolution during the exhibition season. And it was only two seasons ago when Jackson led his team to an NFC North title and a playoff berth.

Behind Tarvaris Jackson sits third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels. After signing a three-year, $9 million contract in 2009, the journeyman has yet to see the playing field during the regular season. Keeping in mind it has been against second- and third-team defenses, the 10-year veteran has looked good this preseason throwing for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Finally, the Vikings have a decision to make with Joe Webb. Webb played quarterback in college, but the Vikings drafted him to play wide receiver. After impressing the coaching staff with his arm strength during a June mini camp, the Vikings decided to move him back to quarterback. Although he has shown flashes running the ball, his passing performances have been mediocre during the preseason. Still considered a project, it will be interesting to see where Webb lands once the final roster decisions are made on September 4.

The Vikings have a multitude of options behind Brett Favre, but Vikings fans are hoping none of those options see the playing field this season. But with Brett Favre’s bothersome ankle attached to his 40-year-old body, you never know.

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