Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday that part of the reason he’ll rest his starters on Friday night is to give some of the younger players who are fighting to make the 53-man roster a chance to play. But there is at least one veteran who will receive significantly more playing time on Friday night because Favre, an 18-year veteran himself, will be resting.
That player is Sage Rosenfels, who is competing with Tarvaris Jackson for the team’s 2nd-string job. Asked by reporters about the “uncertainty” that seems to exist surrounding his position on the depth chart at this late stage in the preseason, Rosenfels was unphased and was clearly focussed on playing well when his opportunity to play arises.
“I feel certain that I can play well in this league. That’s what I feel certain about,” Rosenfels said. “I feel like if and when this team needs me, I can play at a very high level. I think I’ve played pretty well this preseason, I think I’ve played well since we left Mankato and obviously I think at the end of Mankato I think I’m playing high quality football. My goal is to continue to play at a high pace and continue that.”
Rosenfels is 12 of 16 for 117 yards so far this preseason, and he’ll have an opportunity to add to those numbers on Friday night against the Cowboys. Childress said he has not decided who will start the game, but that didn’t seem to phase Rosenfels, either.
“I don’t know,” Rosenfels said when asked how much he’d play Friday night. “I don’t anything. I just always try to prepare to play as much as the team needs me and try to execute when I’m out there, whether it’s the beginning of the game, end of the game, somewhere in the middle, I just try to execute in all phases.
“I think I’ve done a lot of good things when I’ve been in there. I’ve made very few mistakes and that’s half the battle as a quarterback is to not make mistakes. I’m just trying to execute the offense and I think I’ve done a pretty good job when I’ve been in…we’ve moved the ball for the most part. The key is to just make the most of each play you’re out there.”
As for Jackson, he and Rosenfels split reps during Wednesday’s practice. Jackson has put up solid numbers so far this preseason as well, even registering a perfect passer rating against the Chiefs at the Metrodome on August 21. His totals through 3 games are: 21-32 passing for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns with 0 interceptions.
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