There isn't a whole lot that can be taken from a three-series outing, but for what it's worth, the Vikings seemed pleased with the progression Tarvaris Jackson is showing as the team's starting quarterback. Jackson, who got starts at the end of last season when Brad Childress had seen enough of veteran Brad Johnson, often looked like a deer in the headlights. In Friday's preseason opener, he completed eight of 11 passes and his incompletions were thrown in such a way that his receivers had a chance to catch them, but the defenders had no chance to pick them off.
Jackson looked poised and confident and did damage with both his arm and his legs. On a designed rollout option, Jackson sold the handoff fake and had clear sailing for a first-down run, finishing the game with 25 yards on two scrambles. He also found a way to get Troy Williamson involved, throwing his first five downfield passes in the direction of his third-year receiver.
While cameo appearances aren't the type of things that can give a player a season-long thumb's up or down, the performance Jackson put in during his limited time at work Friday has done nothing to diminish the team's confidence in him. If anything, they probably feel better about their decision now than they did when they first announced that Johnson wasn't coming back and they wouldn't be looking to free agency to help cure their problems at the quarterback position.
* The Vikings expect that they're going to lose rookie linebacker Rufus Alexander for the season with a torn ACL. An official announcement is expected today to update his condition.
* From the Big Hit Department comes this: Mike Doss suffered a concussion on Friday's game after delivering a big sideline blow. The player he tattooed was WR Dominique Thompson, who suffered two broken ribs on the hit.
* Thanks to a slew of injuries at defensive end, the Vikings found themselves getting extended looks from guys like Ray Edwards, Kenechi Udeze, Darrion Scott and Brian Robison. Edwards was the starting right end, but saw action on the left side in the fourth quarter.
* Vikings fans shouldn't read too much into Brad Childress' decision to play QB Tyler Thigpen and not Drew Henson. The battle is ongoing and many believe that Thigpen, who was Chilly's draft choice, might have a slight edge over the veteran Henson.
* The Vikings had Saturday off and return to Mankato for a two-hour practice this afternoon.
* The strange world of Adam "Pacman" Jones just got stranger this weekend. On Thursday, promos for a pay-per-view for TNA Wrestling had scenes with Jones, sprinkled with words like "Redemption." On Friday, the Titans sought a restraining order that would prevent Jones from taking part in the event. Apparently the two sides have agreed to a compromise – Jones can take part in the PPV, just not wrestle.
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