Childress “Pleasently Surprised” On Jackson’s Progress

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 4, 2009 – 11:49 am

The Vikings just concluded their morning practice, working under sunny skies and warm temperatures. The weather has cooperated for the Vikings to this point (knock on wood) and it’s also been ideal for fans, who’ve come out in force to support the Vikings so far during training camp.

“That’s a great atmosphere for our guys to come out and practice in every day,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said. “The weather has been great, the stands have been full, you can kind of feel the buzz. I think that’s great. It’s great to have them out there and I know our guys feel their presence.”

While meeting with the media following this morning’s practice, Childress said he was “pleasently surprised” with QB Tarvaris Jackson, saying he might be able to work on the side during this afternoon’s special teams practice. Childress said the QB has progressed “pretty rapidly” and seems to not be “drastically affected” when he’s throwing a football on the side.

While Jackson continues to try and get back from his injury, LB E.J. Henderson looks to be as good as ever following a season where he missed 12 games due to a foot ailment.

“He makes two plays in our outside run period (yesterday) that we can’t get there,” Childress explained. “We’ve got a hat (blocker) for him, we just can’t get there. So, yeah, he’s not missing a beat.”

The Vikings will have a 1 hour special teams practice this afternoon from about 2-3 and then head back in for more meetings later in the afternoon and into the early evening.

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2 Responses to “Childress “Pleasently Surprised” On Jackson’s Progress”

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    I was disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to see TJack practicing the last couple of days, but it’s for the best. Sage looked comfortable and accurate while he was in there, but I came to agree with the coaching staff that Booty isn’t up to the same level. He appeared to focus on a single receiver too often and overthrew his receivers on deep routes.

    While I was watching, it appeared that we have a problem at WR that only the best teams in the NFL need to deal with. It appears that we have more quality players at that position than we can afford to keep on the team. There’s no question that Berrian, Harvin and Rice will stay with the team. I’d say that leaves room for 2, or at most 3 more guys. You could go into arguing how players add value at other areas than just WR, like in Special Teams, but since I wasn’t viewing that stuff I can’t consider those values. Now you want to keep Wade because of his veteran status alongside his quality hands, but I also saw great plays from Allison, Reynaud, and even rookie Nick Moore while Johnson appeared to be a favorite target during practice as he seemed to catch everything thrown his way. It will be interesting to see who the coaches decide they need to cut, but we are sure to part ways with at least 2 of these quality players. We’ve also got great hands at the Tight End position, namely Shiancoe who I noticed spent time after each practice working on improving his hands with different catching drills.

    With all that I saw out there, I am certain that whoever ends up being our #1 QB is going to have some deceptive statistics in his favor.

  2. By Shawn on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Please go get another quarterback. I love T-Jack but if he gets hurt who do we turn to. Sage is not going to cut it. Sage is not a proven winner or a proven leader. Two QB’s come to mind, Derek Alexander in Cleveland and Michael Vick are both proven winners and leaders, go get one of those guys and lets bring home the Super Bowl Ring!!!

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