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    [size=14pt]Jackson given a chance to move up[/size]
    Judd Zulgad and Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune staff writers
    MANKATO - Tarvaris Jackson continues to be listed as the fourth quarterback on the Vikings' depth chart. However, for Saturday night's game at Pittsburgh the rookie will play with the second team.

    Coach Brad Childress said Thursday that Jackson will enter the game after Brad Johnson and the other starters play a quarter and a half. Jackson will play into the second half before being replaced by Mike McMahon.

    Johnson started the Vikings' preseason opener against Oakland on Monday and was followed by McMahon, Jackson and J.T. O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan won't play at Pittsburgh.

    So is Jackson officially going to be moved to No. 2 on the depth chart, replacing McMahon?

    "He's No. 2, against Pittsburgh," Childress said. "Remember me saying to [the media] that you have to evaluate quarterbacks with different people, different protection, different receivers. I'm just attempting to see all the pieces."

    Jackson, a second-round pick out of Alabama State, helped his cause against the Raiders by completing seven of 13 passes for 60 yards and rushing for a team-leading 36 yards on three carries. "I wouldn't say I'm No. 2 right now," Jackson said. "Mike and J.T. have more experience than me."

    McMahon isn't concerning himself with the competition for the No. 2 job.

    "I'm not really worried about that," he said. "[Against Oakland] I went out, seven, eight plays, just tried to make the right reads, throw the ball away and make the right decisions. The numbers weren't great [1-for-4, 9 yards] but I was doing the right thing with the football."

    Camp future

    The Vikings will break camp this morning, ending their 41st summer at Minnesota State, Mankato. Team officials will meet early this fall to assess the business side of camp and determine whether to return in 2007 or opt out of a three-year contract it has with the school.

    Steve LaCroix, vice president of sales and marketing, said the contract calls for a decision to be made by mid-October. Earlier this summer, the Vikings met with members of a South Dakota delegation hoping to lure training camp to Sioux Falls.

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    Chris Kluwe, who has proven he's healthy after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, won the punting job Thursday when the Vikings waived rookie John Torp. "My knee has felt great," Kluwe said. "There are no worries there."

    • The Vikings placed rookie linebacker Chad Greenway on injured reserve, ending his season. The Vikings did not immediately fill that roster spot. Earlier in the day, they signed former Dolphins linebacker Jason Glenn after waiving Torp. Glenn could be a contributor on special teams.

    • With return men Mewelde Moore (knee) and Kevin Kasper (ankle) out for Saturday's game, the Vikings list rookies Wendell Mathis (kick) and Jason Carter (punt) as their team's top returners.

    • The Vikings have moved fourth-round pick Ray Edwards ahead of DeQuincy Scott at right end on the depth chart. Erasmus James is the starter at that spot.
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    [size=14pt]Jackson's stock may be rising[/size]

    By Chad Courrier
    The Free Press

    MANKATO —

    Don’t look now, but rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson just may be moving up the depth chart.

    Jackson took most of the snaps with the No. 2 unit Thursday and, afterward, head coach Brad Childress indicated the Alabama State product would be second in the quarterback rotation behind Brad Johnson for Saturday’s preseason game against Pittsburgh.

    When asked if Jackson had bypassed Mike McMahon on the depth chart and was now the team’s second string quarterback, Childress stopped just short of anointing him the back-up.

    “He’s No. 2 ... against Pittsburgh,” Childress said. “I’m just attempting to see (Tarvaris) with all the pieces. You need to be able to role people and play them together and we want to see how he does in those situations.”

    Childress said Jackson has made huge strides since he was drafted by the team last spring. “You see guys climb, kind of like Tarvaris, in those OTA’s (volunteer organized team activities) when he was throwing every pass, taking every rep,” Childress said.

    Line improvement

    Though the Vikings running game never got going as hoped in Monday’s preseason game, center Matt Birk said that the offensive line needed a starting point to begin the process of building a cohesive unit.

    “I felt like we did some things well, and there were things we didn’t do well,” Birk said. “But it was the first game, and now we know where we need to improve.”

    The starting offensive line, expected to be one of the team’s strengths, played three series in the first quarter Monday, and the team gained 57 yards, 25 of which came on the ground. The second series accounted for most of the yards as the Vikings used an eight-play, 56-yard drive to score a touchdown on Tony Richardson’s 3-yard run.

    With guards Steve Hutchinson and Artis Hicks new to the line, Birk returning from a year off because of injury, and tackle Marcus Johnson in only his second professional season, chemistry is expected to be a work in progress.

    “We weren’t out there long enough to get a rhythm,” tackle Bryant McKinnie said. “We’re coming along. I think we’ll get better the more time we get to play with each other.”

    D-line shines

    The defensive line, which returns all four starters, had a much better debut against Oakland, limiting the Raiders to only 15 yards of offense, with a minus-7 passing yards. Erasmus James had a sack, and there were a couple other plays in which the line harassed quarterback Aaron Brooks.

    “Three three-and-outs is a good start to build on,” end Kenechi Udeze said. “You can always do better.”


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    Jackson No. 2 against Steelers
    But rookie QB hasn't moved ahead of McMahon

    BY DON SEEHOLZER
    Posted on Fri, Aug. 18, 2006
    Pioneer Press

    MANKATO, Minn. — Fresh off an impressive outing Monday night in his NFL
    debut, rookie Tarvaris Jackson will be the second quarterback on the
    field for the Vikings on Saturday for their second exhibition game at
    Pittsburgh.

    But that doesn't mean he's moved ahead of veteran Mike McMahon for the
    No. 2 job.

    "It means he's No. 2 against Pittsburgh," coach Brad Childress said
    Thursday. "Remember me saying to you guys that you have to evaluate
    quarterbacks with different people, with different protection, with
    different receivers. I'm just attempting to see him with all the pieces."

    And for this week, at least, Childress wants to see Jackson work with
    the second-team offense.

    That could make it a rough night for McMahon, who will be facing the
    Steelers' unconventional 3-4 defense behind a third-string offensive
    line. But said he isn't worried about falling behind in the No. 2
    quarterback race.

    "I'm just trying to make the right reads, throw the ball away, make the
    right decisions," he said. "The numbers weren't great (Monday night),
    but I was doing the right thing with the football. I had 1 for 4 with a
    throwaway and two drops. As long as you're doing the right thing with
    the football and doing the things you're supposed to do on the football
    field, that's all I can worry about."

    Childress said Brad Johnson and the starters would play a quarter and a
    half against the Steelers and that the Vikings' fourth quarterback, J.T.
    O'Sullivan, would not play.


    • Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained ligament in
    his right thumb and is questionable for the game against the Vikings.


    Holding pattern: Childress indicated the Vikings would get through
    Saturday's game before possibly adding a wide receiver to replace Koren
    Robinson, who has been granted time off from the team pending
    developments in his DWI case.

    "I'm not inclined at this point in time to get a body just to get a
    body," Childress said. "Because there's bodies out there. You want a guy
    that you think is a program fit and might understand something about
    what we're doing."

    If the Vikings are looking to add a starting wide receiver, they likely
    will have to do so by trade, but the cost could be prohibitive.

    Denver reportedly is asking for a third-round draft choice and possibly
    a player for holdout Ashley Lelie, and Oakland has effectively taken
    Joey Porter off the market with its asking price of at least a
    first-round draft choice.

    Childress, on whether a trade is a realistic or remote possibility,
    said: "I suppose anything is possible, but there's some cost involved. …
    We continue to look and comb and see who we think is there. Who might be
    available to be traded? Who's going to come on the waiver wire? That's a
    nightly ritual."

    Greenway to IR: The Vikings placed rookie linebacker Chad Greenway on
    injured reserve, officially ending his season.

    The Vikings earlier signed sixth-year linebacker Jason Glenn to replace
    Greenway, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left
    knee Monday night against Oakland.

    Glenn played in all 16 games for Miami last season and finished third on
    the team in special-teams tackles with 13. Before that, he spent four
    seasons with the New York Jets.

    Flying solo: The Vikings released rookie punter John Torp, leaving
    returning starter Chris Kluwe as the only player at the position.

    Kluwe, who had offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate
    ligament in his right knee, said he was a little surprised but feels
    fine about handling all the punting.

    Childress said he was satisfied that there would be no physical issues
    with Kluwe, which is why he made the move.

    Survey says: The Vikings merited a couple of mentions in the Racial and
    Gender Report Card prepared for the NFL by Dr. Richard Lapchick,
    director of the Institute for the Diversity and Ethics in Sports.

    Reggie Fowler's position of minority owner was noted, along with his
    unsuccessful bid to buy the Vikings during the 2005 offseason.

    Kevin Warren, the Vikings' vice president of operations/legal counsel,
    was one of 16 African-Americans with an NFL VP title last season.
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    Re: Jackson given a chance to move up

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    McMahon isn't concerning himself with the competition for the No. 2 job.

    "I'm not really worried about that," he said.
    He should be worried! If Jackson keeps it up he will be number 2 on the depth chart for sure! I cant see Mcmahon playing in the regular season unless brad goes down very early in the season or in the playoffs. Otherwise i think we will let Jackson show us what hes got and get experience!

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    "Warp" wrote:
    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    McMahon isn't concerning himself with the competition for the No. 2 job.

    "I'm not really worried about that," he said.
    He should be worried! If Jackson keeps it up he will be number 2 on the depth chart for sure! I cant see Mcmahon playing in the regular season unless brad goes down very early in the season or in the playoffs. Otherwise i think we will let Jackson show us what hes got and get experience!
    That's the way I'm seeing it also. McMahon had better start worrying about the #2 spot. Because if Childress was impressed enough last week to now want to see Jackson play in the #2 spot this week, could mean he will move Jackson up.
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    I think Jackson is defenitly the future of this franchise.
    I seen some real good things on that Monday night game.
    I hope he rips the Steelers D up and puts some points on the board with out turning over the ball.

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    This is the best news I've heard all week.
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    Thanks Josdin!

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    ....Movin' on up.....to the 2nd string.......tryin' to get a piece of that pie.....movin' on up....

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    Re: Jackson given a chance to move up

    Jackson looked pretty good for his first outing, definitely has potential.
    Just wish the dude would not try to do so much on his legs, couple of those runs put him in a bad position.
    Needs to get his slide on a little better.


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    What impressed me the most was how calm he was under pressure. When the heat was on, he didn't panic. It showing maturity at a young age. In a few years from now, we may say that T-Jack was the SOD in 06'

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