Scout's Notebook: QB Patrick Ramsey

With Brett Favre a major question mark to play again, Tarvaris Jackson to injured reserve with turf toe and only rookie Joe Webb on the roster, the Vikings brought in a veteran in Patrick Ramsey at quarterback. Here's a closer look:

#9, Patrick Ramsey, QB
(6024, 225, 4.88-5.15) Tulane

Notes: Born Patrick Allen Ramsey, 2/12/79, in Ruston, Louisiana. Parents are Charles and Kathy Ramsey. Attended Ruston High School, coached by Joey Pender, where he was a two-year starter at quarterback, and was also state champion in the javelin throw. Completed 90 of 201 passes for 1,073 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Won the state Class 5A championship and prestigious Golden West Invitational in javelin throw as a senior. Ranked as No. 1 prep javelin thrower nationally in 1997. Won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. An honor student. His best friend was the son of Bert Jones, a Ruston native who went on to a distinguished career as an NFL quarterback mostly with the Baltimore Colts, and the elder Jones became Ramsey's mentor. Ramsey married his wife, Virginia, on April 13, 2002, the week before the 2002 NFL Draft. The couple has two daughters, Virginia Ellen and Jane.

College: Redshirted in 1997, but also competed for the Green Wave track team and posted a Conference USA-best throw of 218 feet in the javelin during the 1998 outdoor season. Saw action in three games in 1998, completing 3 of 5 passes for 27 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He started all 11 games in 1999, setting 20 Tulane passing marks, including the single-season records for yards (3,410), yards per game (310.0), attempts (513) and completions (310). His 25 TDs rank second. Became the first quarterback to pass for 400 yards in a single game (accomplished twice) and set single-game records for completions (37), attempts (59), yardage (447) and touchdowns (5). A two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, he threw for at least 300 yards in seven games, including five straight. Ramsey led the No. 3 passing offense and No. 7 total offense in the nation in 2000 as he earned Second-Team All-Conference USA and First-Team All-Louisiana honors. The league's leading passer with 283.3 yards per game. Also topped C-USA in total offense while ranking eighth nationally at 288.6 yards per game. Passed for 300 or more yards in six games, including each of the last four, and TU went 5-1 in those contests. Three-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. Completed 58.9% of his passes (229 of 389) for 2,833 yards and 24 TDs. Tied the school record with five touchdown passes (vs. Navy) and threw 12 TD passes in Tulane's last three games. In his senior season in 2001 he started 11 games and threw for 22 touchdowns. He set a school record, having at least one touchdown pass in 31 consecutive games. Upon graduating, he had the top five passing games in school history. His career totals at Tulane were surpassed only (in various individual statistics, none overall) by Shaun King, Mike McKay, Roch Hontas and Terrence Jones. He graduated with a double major in accounting and finance and was a five-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for his academic efforts.

Pre-Draft: Measured 6024 (6-foot-2 1/2), 219 pounds coming out of college; posted a 4.88-4.99 40-yard dash, 33 ½-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-4 broad jump, 4.09 short shuttle, 7.12 three-cone drill time and scored a very solid Wonderlic score of 32.

Pro: Originally drafted in the first round (32nd overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, to replace Tony Banks as quarterback. However, he ended up splitting time in Steve Spurrier's pro version of "fun 'n' gun" offense. As a rookie, he started 5 of 9 games played, as he completed 51.5 percent (117 of 227) of his passes for 1,539 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. In 2003, he started all 11 games in which he played, completing 53.1 percent (179 of 337) of passes for 2,166 yards with 14 TDs and nine interceptions, but was sacked 30 times, the most in the NFL that year. In 2004, Joe Gibbs returned to coach the Redskins. Ramsey started 7 of 9 games, completed 62.1 percent (169-of-272) passes for 1,665 yards, 10 TDs, 11 interceptions, as he split starts with veteran Mark Brunell. He opened the 2005 season as the starter but suffered a neck injury and ultimately lost the starting job to Brunell; he finished the year completing 15 of 25 passes (60.0%) for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

In March 2006, Ramsey was traded to the New York Jets for a sixth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. After failing to earn the starting quarterback position from incumbent Chad Pennington, he was cut after the 2006 season. He only threw a single pass for the Jets.

Following the season, he signed with the Denver Broncos, serving as the backup to starter Jay Cutler. He was released in the beginning of free agency in March 2009.

He signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans on April 3, 2009, serving as the third quarterback on the depth chart after Kerry Collins and Vince Young. He was released by the Titans on October 3, 2009.

Ramsey was signed by the Detroit Lions on Dec. 26, 2009 after quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on injured reserve.

He signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on July 28, 2010; was projected to serve as a veteran backup to Drew Brees with the departure of Mark Brunell, but he was released as part of the final cuts before the 2010 NFL season as the Saints opted to go with Chase Daniel as their backup.

Due to injury problems in early 2010, the Jacksonville Jaguars brought Ramsey in as a potential temporary backup for the team. He was released from the team shortly after on Oct. 29, 2010.

On Nov. 15, 2010 he was signed by the Miami Dolphins following injuries to Chad Pennington and Chad Henne. He was released by the Dolphins on Nov. 30, 2010.

With injuries to Brett Favre (shoulder), Tarvaris Jackson (toe, place on injured reserve) and only rookie Joe Webb healthy enough to play, Ramsey signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings on December 15, 2010.

Ramsey's career stats in the NFL include a 56.0 completion percentage (511 of 913 passes) for 5,930 yards, 35 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and a passer rating of 74.9. He has also rushed 47 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Positives: Pro-style, dropback, pocket passer. Has a quick release and a very strong arm. Tough, super-smart and a respected team leader. Fine work ethic and intangibles. Will spend time in the classroom, the weight room and on the practice field. Nice size and durability. He shows touch on shorter throws. Can make all the throws. Has the mental capacity to make solid decisions. Will stand strong against the pass rusher and shows some lateral movement skills to sidestep pressure.

Negatives: Is not particularly mobile and struggles when forced to improvise. Really lacks footspeed when trying to escape pursuit. Tends to be streaky as a passer. Too tough for his own good and has a tendency to hold the ball too long and take far more sacks than he should.

Summary: Drew some comparisons to Phil Simms coming out of college, but Ramsey has never developed into the legitimate NFL starter that he was projected by some to become. However, it's fair to say that he has never been in a real good situation for that to happen, either. His time in Minnesota will likely do little to change that. But he does provide NFL arm strength and the intelligence to pick up and run the offense quickly if needed.

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