Reports have T-Jax bringing back Minnesota nothing more than a mid-round pick in next year’s draft, and with little-to-no leverage, they’ll be lucky if they get that.
Jackson is still a young, athletic passer with a good amount of potential, but there doesn’t appear to be a clear front-runner for his services in 2009.
Just know that he won’t be wearing purple.
Tennessee Titans Work-out Receiver Matt Jones
The ex-Jaguar is getting his first official look from an NFL club, even after a humbling interview on ESPN about a month ago.
Jones still has outstanding size and speed, and even though he knows nothing of Tennessee’s offense, he could still emerge as their top receiver if signed.
As it stands, he’d probably step in behind Justin Gauge and Kenny Britt, while surpassing the injured Nate Washington.
The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, both in need of an impact receiver, are reportedly keeping a close watch on the situation.
No Progress in Brandon Marshall Trade Talks
The heat is on Josh McDanies and the Broncos, as they have heard plenty of interest from the New York Jets, but still have a hefty asking price on the table.
The reported offer has been Marshall for a New York first round pick, along with veteran linebacker, David Harris.
If Denver doesn’t budge on either Harris or the pick, the reportedly won’t happen.
Bengals’ Carson Palmer Expected to be Ready for Opener
Isn’t this the same news we got all of last season?
Palmer was apparently at full health heading into pre-season, but then arm questions again emerged.
This time the concern is over his ankle, but with soid practices lately, head coach Marvin Lewis is holding him out of the final pre-season game, merely as a precaution.
Brett Favre to Sit for Minnesota’s Final Pre-season Game
This isn’t news, but since it’s Favre, it still makes headlines.
Add the arm surgery, his age, and the reported cracked rib all together, and you’ve got a concerned Brad Childress.
Besides, they may want to give Tarvaris Jackson the full stage as they try to up his value in the wake of trade rumors.
Favre will be more than ready to go for the season opener at Cleveland.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Thursday, September 3, 2009
Categories: Breaking News/Transactions
Tags: Adam Schefter, Brad Childress, Brandon Marshall, brett favre, carson palmer, cincinnati bengals, denver broncos, ESPN, Injury Updates, Jeff Jagodzinski, matt jones, michael vick, Minnesota Vikings, new york jets, NFL News, philadelphia eagles, Roger Goodell, Sage Rosenfels, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tarvaris Jackson, tennessee titans
The Vikings drafted the explosive and dynamic Percy Harvin, courted future Hall of Famer Brett Favre, and now are dealing with an MCL injury to Tarvaris Jackson.
While we may never be able to fully close the door on Favre, at least Minnesota can focus on their new, electrifying player, and finding out who their best quarterback is.
If they can get their focus back to simply playing football, this could still be a team to be reckoned with.
Continue on for more things to watch for.
5. Can Percy Harvin Be Their X-Factor?
Harvin is already being projected as the “target” in over 100 plays, which could leave him with 50 catches and close to 20 rush attempts.
He’s also going to be potentially used as a quarterback in Minnesota’s Wildcat formation.
There’s no question the height of his early value, as he brings so much speed and explosiveness, despite not running pure routes.
Harvin should also have a large impact on the special teams as a returner, where his play-making ability may best be showcased as a rookie.
4. The Pat and Kevin Williams Suspension Saga
Recent reports have the “Williams Wall” getting by their suspension from the league.
There were originally scheduled to miss the first four weeks, but hen requested there be no suspension through an appeal, and and it was apparently granted
With all four of their opening games being against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season, having their run-stuffing wall intact could mean a hot start.
3. Can Adrian Peterson Stay Healthy For a Third Straight Year?
Adrian Peterson has had plenty of knocks early in his career, despite arguably being viewed as “the best back in the league.”
He plays recklessly.
He does nothing in the passing game.
But he’s also a true gamer and has jaws preparing to be dropped with every touch he handles.
But still, what everyone wonders is when will AP finally get a serious injury, and how will Minnesota respond?
Without Peterson, the Vikings could still potentially not miss a step, as they have a proven veteran in Chester Taylor to step up.
2. Brad Childress on the Hot Seat
While Childress has kept the Vikings competitive, and even led them to a 10-6 division title last season, he is still not a lock to keep his job.
Childress was already a hot seat candidate entering last season, and to keep his job, he must prove that he can stick with and win with ONE quarterback.
He must also get Minnesota back to the playoffs in order to prove 2008 wasn’t a fluke.
With the whole Favre fiasco behind us (maybe), Childress needs to stick with whoever ends up being his guy, and let Adrian Peterson and the defense do the rest.
Even without the Hall of Fame presence of Brett Favre, Minnesota should still make the postseason.
1. The Brett Favre Affect
The Favre “effect” could go in a few different directions.
If Favre decided to come back, this could positively affect the team with an entrance to the playoffs, and possibly a shot at a Super Bowl.
Then again, there are many skeptics that are convinced that Favre, 39, is no better than the options they already have.
Regardless of whether or not he does come back, the mere possibility of adding Favre at any time of the season could disrupt team chemistry and focus.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Friday, August 14, 2009
First and foremost, regardless of any “No chance” quotes coming from Brad Childress, let’s all agree that this whole “Favre thing” isn’t quite dead yet.
There have been tiny birds chirping from tall trees about a possible Favre signing mid-way through August, rather than mid-season.
But biting on hearsay, a coach’s words that you can never trust, or even the word of the great one (Favre) is nothing short of letting yourself get knee deep in a wild goose chase.
No, instead, let’s drop the drama off at the pool, let it sit a while, and get back to what we know.
What is absolutely for certain in Minnesota, is that Childress and co. have one hell of a running back, a solid offensive line, an active special teams unit, and an aggressive defense.
But, again, we knew that.
That’s why they were dipping their fingers in the Brett Favre dip all off-season. Not necessarily because it tasted so good that they had to keep on dipping, but because the alternative, was, well, not so tasty.
But here the Vikings are, ready to go in training camp today, with Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels duking it out. Oh, and let’s not forget that not-so-coveted former USC quarterback, John David Booty.
He might just get to keep that number four jersey, after all.
But since we’re back to square one, are we honestly going to allow ourselves to believe that this is going to be a fair fight?
Let’s face it, people, Rosenfels was brought in for a reason.
No, he’s not overly athletic (or athletic at all), and probably isn’t the long-term answer (make that a definitely), but he’s a proven pocket passer with a good arm and has shown he can put up solid numbers.
Jackson, on the other hand, finally showed spurts of decent play late last season, but then made everyone forget about his blissful play against the Detroit Lions, as he stunk it up in a playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
There are two doors Brad Childress can choose to open, and quite sadly, neither will lead to that possible Super Bowl run that Brett Favre was tempting the entire state of Minnesota with.
With Rosenfels, you have a guy who will make some plays and can manage games, but can also go all “helicopter” on you, and blow games at the last second.
Jackson, on the other hand, offers to versatility, athleticism, and potential.
But 2009 isn’t about potential. Or helicopters.
It’s about getting someone behind center who is competent enough to manage games, and good enough to win a few when called upon.
Call me crazy, but Childress had his guy last year, and he went by the name of Gus Frerotte.
But like Jackson before him, Childress gave up on Frerotte, went back to Jackson, and well, the rest is history.
So what does the crystal ball have in store for the Jackson vs. Rosenfels match-up?
It could very well be a tight race, and either winner could easily emerge as a serviceable quarterback that simply does what he needs to to help the Vikings win games, i.e., a Trent Dilfer.
That, or Childress could suck up his pride and turn to door number three.
Yes, friends, there is always a door number three.
He could take back his “no chance” remarks, give ol’ Brett another call in eight weeks (or less), and ride that 40-year old arm as far as it gets him.
After all, at this point, what does he really have to lose?
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Friday, July 31, 2009
Favre broke his weeks of silence by informing Vikings head coach, Brad Childress, that he would in fact stay retired.
The decision apparently happened sometime Tuesday afternoon, and the definite answer from Favre prompted Childress to inform the Minneapolis Star Tribune of the future Hall of Famer’s decision.
The “daily grind” of the NFL was the cited reason for Favre ending his comeback attempt, as the near 40-year old didn’t feel his body could compete with the rigors of a 16-game NFL schedule anymore.
It now appears that the starting quarterback job in Minnesota will be decided in a battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, two quarterbacks that never stopped working toward the goal of starting for Minnesota, despite the constant Favre rumors.
Vikings player had been expressing their “want” for Favre to sign with the team lately, while others such as defensive end Jared Allen, wished he would make up his mind.
Favre originally set July 30th as his ultimate deadline, and has made his decision with two days to spare.
While it’s entirely possible the master of indecisiveness could change his mind, or even sign with a different team mid-way through the season, it is clear at this time that Favre is content with staying retired, and simply doesn’t have any more football left in him.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
With his partial reinstatement back in the NFL, Michael Vick suddenly has a lot to think about. Or worry about, depending on your outlook on his financial situation, as well as his professional football career.
Regardless, some team out there in the NFL will be interested enough to take him on. After all, despite some bad PR for taking on such a risk, there is always the good PR for being the team that “rescued” Vick, and gave him another chance.
While conventional picks for a Vick signing, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, and Oakland all being ruled out (thanks to NFL Insider, Adam Schefter) Vick’s landing spot just got a little more difficult to predict.
Vick is currently under a special reinstatement that will allow him to participate in all team activities, including the entire training camp, as well as the final two pre-season games. His current suspension until week six is reportedly not a “done deal”, and could erode into no suspension at all.
Depending on Vick’s behavior, he could be able to play in week one.
However, that doesn’t do fans much good, considering teams aren’t exactly lining up to pay for his services.
Still, he’s still too talented to not have a place in this league, and as long as a team believes he’s truly remorseful and a changed person, he will definitely be suiting up for someone in 2009, and very possibly as the starter.
Here’s a look at five teams that could pull the trigger:
Current Starter: Chad Pennington
True, the Dolphins have a capable starter in Pennington, and have two young signal callers, Chad Henne and Pat White, who they would probably prefer to have on the roster, rather than the controversial Vick.
However, if Vick’s speed and explosiveness haven’t left him, he would potentially be a perfect fit for their Wildcat offense.
Again, White was drafted both for that, as well as a possible quarterback that could out-perform Henne.
But if Vick was just signed to a one-year deal, the Dolphins could mold the rest of their offense around him, and give it a go.
The worst case scenario would be that the team upsets the 33-year old Pennington. And considering they’ve already stated that Henne is their guy for 2010, they won’t be too worried about that.
Verdict: If it’s all about the Wildcat in Miami, then why not? Very possible.
St. Louis Rams
Current Starter: Marc Bulger
The Rams are moving in different directions on both sides of the ball. They are trying to be more defensive-minded, while changing their air attack offense into a more time-controlled ground attack.
With Steven Jackson, that’s entirely possible. With Marc Bulger? Not so much.
The Rams could really use an extra explosive weapon on offense, as well as an athletic and elusive passer that can help their line grow as a unit, rather than take sack after sack.
Bulger has been ineffective for two straight years, is mobile as a rock, and is older than Vick.
The Rams play indoors and with their current rebuilding project, would be a fine place for Vick to start over.
Verdict: If you can upgrade over Bulger, you should. Unless the Rams hate him, it’s a perfect fit.
Current Starter: David Garrard
Garrard regressed last season, but also showed improved passing skills and the ability to take over games with both his arm and legs.
However, he’s not the explosive player that Vick is. He may have better accuracy and is currently a better fit for the offense, but Vick’s potential in an offense that already doesn’t really rely on it’s air attack is quite interesting.
With a player like Vick, a patchwork offensive line turns into “not such a big deal”, while opening things up for newly acquired Torry Holt, Maurice Jones-Drew, and possibly turning the inconsistent Marcedes Lewis into a more reliable target.
The Jaguars are said to be remotely interested in his availability, and if his suspension is lifted, Jack Del Rio just might try this one last dash to save his job.
Verdict: Vick is about as good as Garrard as a passer, but blows him away in athleticism. Slightly possible.
Current Starter: Tony Romo
There’s no way Dallas would bring in Vick to take over for Romo, but if they’re truly adamant about implementing the Wildcat offense, signing Vick to a one-year deal wouldn’t be a bad decision.
After all, Jerry Jones has already shown he likes to take chances with both Terrell Owens and Adam “Pacman” Jones.
The real question isn’f if Dallas wants Vick or if he’ll fit in. We know Jones and co. loves talent.
The question is, has Jones learned his lesson?
Verdict: Jones will probably continues to take silly chances, but this is still unlikely. Vick wants a starting gig at all costs.
Current Starter: Undecided
If Brett Favre does indeed come back, this drops from unlikely to completely unrealistic.
However, if the Vikings are even slightly worried about Favre making it through a full 16 -game season, adding Vick as a situational passer wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
After all, if Favre does indeed sign, Tarvaris Jackson has reportedly said he’d want to be traded, which would leave the door open for another athletic quarterback to run special packages-if that’s something Minnesota would be interested in.
My gut tells me Favre signs, Jackson leaves, and Sage Rosenfels does what he does best: holds a clipboard and refrains from helicopter dives.
Verdict: Vick’s best shot at starting in the NFL is in St. Louis, with Miami taking the immediate backseat. Favre is likely to sign, making this move almost impossible.
Overall, there could still be random interest in Vick across the league, depending on injuries in pre-season, as well as poor play.
For example, if the Jets suddenly weren’y happy with Kellen Clemens or Mark Sanchez, it’s not too crazy to imagine them bringing Vick in.
I’m still not sold on Washington, Oakland, Seattle, and San Francisco all having no desire to even bring Vick in for a tryout.
Monitor these five situations, however, as they currently appear to be the most logical.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tags: atlanta falcons, brett favre, Chad Henne, chad pennington, dallas cowboys, david garrard, jacksonville jaguars, Jerry Jones, marc bulger, miami dolphins, michael vick, Minnesota Vikings, oakland raiders, Pat White, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tarvaris Jackson, tony romo, washington redskins
There are reports being circulated that upon Brett Favre’s eventual signing, Tarvaris Jackson will request (or demand) to be traded.
Forget about the Favre signing. Just trade the guy now.
Get what you can for him. He has decent stats and has some playing experience in the West Coast Offense.
All of that makes him an immediately solid back-up for St. Louis and Seattle, and he could even be considered for clipboard duty in Chicago, Washington, Carolina, or San Francisco.
The fact is, despite his ineffectiveness and poor accuracy at times, Jackson is still only 26, and still has a ton of potential.
Coming from a Favre-to-Vikings promoter, and a usually “down on Tarvaris” writer-this means something.
Jackson is done in Minnesota. Dead, drowned, beaten and left to breathe his last breath.
Face it, deal with it, accept it. It’s over.
Even if Favre signs, breaks his hip, and screams “curses” all across the NFL world, Sage Rosenfels would probably get the go-ahead over Jackson, at this point.
Dare I even go as far as mentioning John David Booty?
Jackson is a mobile quarterback with a decent arm that can make some plays every so often.
An accurate, clutch, game-managers, he is not.
There are several teams (in the NFC, alone) that could use a quality back-up. Some could even use a starter-and almost all of them wouldn’t mind grabbing a cheap project passer to play with.
Consider Tarvaris Jackson the newest ball of yarn, and the rest of the NFL a litter of cats eager to pick and prod at him.
He may get cut up and scratched a bit, but he’s worth a sniff.
The general consensus was that Jackson’s (along with man-lover Brad Childress) days were already numbered, pre-Favre rumors.
Now that number four is actually on his way in? Yeah, numero seis is toast.
But enough with Spanish, he-said/she-said’s, and semantics.
The guy is heading somewhere besides Minnesota’s starting line-up or bench.
The real questions is, where?