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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Rosenfels competing

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The forgotten man on Minnesota's quarterback depth chart remains convinced he will get a fair competition with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson. Sage Rosenfels, acquired last month from Houston, told Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune that the battle will make both players better.

Rosenfels: "He's going to push me, I'm going to push him. At the end of the day it's going to make the Minnesota Vikings better. But he and I, I think, have gotten along pretty well and I'm sure I'll learn some things from him and I'm sure he'll probably learn a few things from me as well."

Rosenfels and most of his teammates began working in the Vikings' offseason strength and conditioning program Monday. Other than learning the offense and working out, Rosenfels has been negotiating with receiver Sidney Rice to obtain his traditional No. 18 jersey.

I'm going to be fascinated to see how this plays out. I remain convinced that Jackson holds a distinct advantage as the incumbent. But Rosenfels has been in the league for eight seasons and knows this likely is the best opportunity he'll ever get to win a starting job. He won't make the decision easy.

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