Jackson, Rosenfels react to Favre's arrival

August, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- After watching Brett Favre become the face of their team -- at their position -- Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels finally had to face the music.

Jackson and Rosenfels were mobbed by media members after the Vikings' practice. The main event -- Brett Favre's introductory news conference -- will be held at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Understandably, neither Jackson nor Rosenfels appeared overly thrilled by the turn of events. After Favre announced shortly before training camp started in late July that he would stay retired, Rosenfels and Jackson commenced their own quarterback battle. Now, that battle is for the No. 2 job.

"I'm disappointed," Jackson said. "But I'll continue to try to get better."

When asked how it felt to be out of the starting quarterback race, he said "It's not a good feeling. But I'll take it for what it's worth."

Rosenfels said was it wasn't a "total shocker" that Favre changed his mind. However, he thought the possibility of Favre's return ended when training camp arrived and Favre wasn't in Minnesota.

He said he and Favre are teammates now and he will help Favre feel comfortable. Rosenfels, who was acquired in a trade from Houston this offseason, said this is the best team he has been on in his nine NFL seasons. He vowed to stay ready in case he is needed.

Rosenfels played well in Minnesota's preseason opener. He is dealing with a minor ankle injury.

"I will be here if this team needs me," Rosenfels said.

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