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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Black and Blue all over: QB development


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Last season, the Minnesota Vikings drafted an obscure rookie quarterback out of Coastal Carolina and liked what they saw during training camp. Not many people had heard of Tyler Thigpen, so the Vikings tried to slip him through waivers during the final roster cutdown period and get him on the practice squad -- an arrangement that would give them three veterans on their active roster and a youngster in development.

Unfortunately for them, the Kansas City Chiefs snapped up Thigpen on waivers. Thigpen spent 2007 on the Chiefs roster and is expected to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Brodie Croyle this season. For that reason, it's hard to imagine the Vikings letting go of their young quarterback of 2008, fifth-round draft pick John David Booty -- who is competing with veteran Brooks Bollinger for the No. 3 quarterback position this summer.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune examined that competition.

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