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Monday, June 14, 2010
BBAO: Vikings ice out Sage Rosenfels

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The final two days of the Minnesota Vikings' veteran minicamp were most notable for the apparent phase-out of backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels, as detailed by the Star Tribune and 1500ESPN.com.

Rosenfels unofficially received six snaps in team drills during a pair of practices Saturday and none on Sunday. Tarvaris Jackson worked with the first team and rookie Joe Webb, a sixth-round draft pick the Vikings originally planned to convert to receiver, worked mostly with the second team.

Coach Brad Childress said he was "just rotating him around a little bit" and suggested not to "make anything of that other than we were trying to expose" the rest of the depth chart to maximum snaps.

Rosenfels, however, declined to comment both Saturday and Sunday. We wondered about Rosenfels' future when the Vikings first decided to keep Webb at quarterback. It's now reasonable to wonder if they aren't tempted to keep Jackson as the backup to Brett Favre and then groom Webb -- or another young quarterback -- as their No. 3.

Another possibility is keeping only two quarterbacks on the active roster. That's an option they'll need to consider after deciding to use a roster spot on kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd.

A lot could change between now and September. But it's rare to keep a 32-year-old quarterback as a No. 3. And it's long been obvious that Childress prefers Jackson over Rosenfels. I'm not sure what Rosenfels' trade value is, but it's not out of the question that he will be elsewhere when the 2010 season begins.

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