Holcomb to Move Up?

When the Vikings return to practice Wednesday, we'll have a much better handle on who will be the starting quarterback for Week 3, but as of this point, it could be Kelly Holcomb leap-frogging from No. 3 to No. 1 in a hurry.

When the Vikings traded for Kelly Holcomb late last month, the plan was to have him as the No. 2 quarterback and step in if Tarvaris Jackson was ineffective or injured.

As it turned out, Jackson was both during Sunday's loss to Detroit – ineffective in throwing four interceptions and injured when he left the game with a groin injury. While Brooks Bollinger was the No. 2 option Sunday, if Jackson can't go this week against the Chiefs, Holcomb is more likely to get the call.

Holcomb spent most of the last four months learning the Eagles version of the West Coast Offense after being traded for when Philly lost Jeff Garcia to the Buccaneers. His role with the Eagles changed after the team drafted QB Kevin Kolb in the second round of this year's draft and it was clear that either Holcomb or A.J. Feeley would have to go because it was unlikely that the team would keep four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

Holcomb said Monday that he is ready to take over at quarterback after being designated the No. 3 QB during the first two games. He said he has learned the subtle differences between the Vikings West Coast Offense and the crash course he got learning the Eagles version of the WCO.

Brad Childress remained non-committal Monday at his press conference saying that, if healthy, Jackson would retain his starting job. But, he added the rhetorical question to the media, "Have you ever been kicked in the groin?" Wincing and laughter from the assembled media aside, his point was that Jackson is in a lot of pain and a decision is likely going to be needed by Wednesday when the Vikings begin preparing in earnest for the Chiefs.

Until Childress makes the announcement, the pecking order remains the same – Jackson, Bollinger and Holcomb. But don't be stunned if you see Holcomb jump to the front of the class in a hurry.

* Through two games, none of the four defending NFC divisional champions – the Saints, Eagles, Bears and Seahawks – are undefeated and two of them (the Saints and Eagles) have started 0-2.
* Of the 33 quarterbacks with enough passes to be officially listed in the ranking of QBs by passer rating, Jackson is rated dead last with a passer rating of just 40.0 – more than 94 points behind league leader Tom Brady (134.2) of the Patriots.
* Adrian Peterson is fifth in the NFC in rushing yards with 169 yards through two games. He is behind Edgerrin James (220), Brian Westbrook (181), Derrick Ward of the Giants (179) and Shaun Alexander (175), and is two yards ahead of Clinton Portis.
* Amid speculation that he might be benched in favor of youngster Brodie Croyle, Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said Monday that Damon Huard will remain the Chiefs starter Sunday against the Vikings.
* From the Grumpy Old Men Department comes this: Falcons coach Bobby Petrino has seen enough of kicker Matt Prater, who struggled in both his games this season. He was released Monday and the team announced it has once again brought back ageless veteran (read: 47-year-old) Morten Andersen.
* Troy Williamson is expected to be available for Sunday's game after suffering a hamstring injury Sunday vs. the Lions.
* Free agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant, a tremendous player with the perception of having a bad attitude, was one of five players to have suspensions lifted. Among the others was Chiefs DE Jared Allen, who might be ready to see action against the Vikings Sunday.

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