Action Jackson

When the Vikings play their first game under new head coach Brad Childress, it will also mark the first NFL action of Tarvaris Jackson, who is expected to see the most action of any Vikings quarterback tonight.

The Vikings conducted a mock game at training camp Sunday in preparation for tonight's preseason opener with the opener with the Raiders. When all was said and done, it looks as though Tarvaris Jackson will be the man who sees most of the action for the Vikings.

The plan is for Brad Johnson and the rest of the first-unit starters on offense and defense to play one quarter, although Brad Childress said that he could pull the plug a little earlier depending on the situation.

After that, Mike McMahon is expected to play a portion of the second quarter before giving way to Jackson, who is expected to play the remainder of the first half and the entire third quarter. J.T. O'Sullivan, who was listed as the third quarterback on the Vikings depth chart at the start of camp, will close out the game in the fourth quarter.

For those who have wondered how far away Jackson is from being ready to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Johnson, tonight's game will be the first indication to see how close or how far away he is.

* Both Pat Williams and Fred Smoot are expected to be in the starting lineup tonight.
* Williams indicated Sunday that the reason he was placed on the physically unable to perform list was due to being five pounds overweight, not because of failing any conditioning tests. He weighed in at 337 pounds at the start of training camp.
* The only two Vikings ruled out of tonight's game are defensive backs Tank Williams, who is out for the year, and Charles Gordon.

Viking Update Top Stories