Part of the difficulty in evaluating players against each other during preseason action is that the playing field is not always equal. This situation is perhaps best illustrated at the QB position, where one player will enjoy the opportunity of playing with mostly 1st teamers while the competing player will be surrounded by 2nd team players.
This was the case for the Vikings in their 1st preseason game, when QB Sage Rosenfels got the start and looked impressive while going 10-13 for 91 yards and leading the Vikings to 10 points in 2 possessions. His fellow QB, Tarvaris Jackson, took the field later in the game and was an unremarkable 7 of 15 for 39 yards.
But then in the team’s 2nd preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night, Jackson received the opportunity to play with 1st teamers and looked the part of an NFL starter, attaining a perfect passer rating by going 12 of 15 for 202 yards and 2 TDs.
“I would say when you’re playing with the first group of offensive lineman, backs, and receivers it bodes better for your chance to have success,” Childress said. “With guys in the right spot, running the right routes, and running the place you’re looking. You can say the quarterback doesn’t look good, but you have heard me say in the past, you have to play around the quarterback. Whether it’s the protection game or wiggling open against man-to-man.”
Although Childress acknowledged that Jackson was surrounded by better players against the Chiefs, he also remarked that the 4th-year signal caller displayed poise.
“I’m not going to take anything away from what he did; I thought he was very deliberate in what he was doing and confident in what he was doing.”
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