Monday, June 14, 2010
BBAO: Vikings ice out Sage Rosenfels
By Kevin Seifert
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.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Jackson said he has "grown the most this year over the first couple years," according to Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is planning to participate in an elite receiver's camp run by the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The camp typically takes place in late summer at the University of Minnesota.
- Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas: "It's no surprise if we come out and get eight wins -- I won't be surprised at all. We know we can do it." More from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit News.
- Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh also has a 2010 expectation, if not prediction, according to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News: "My expectations are the playoffs at the least, and I don't see why we can't get that."
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune: "If what we have seen so far is a reliable indication, Matt Forte might improve the Bears as much as Mike Martz, Julius Peppers or Brian Urlacher."