Booty grows on you
He still has a lot to learn about the Vikings system, and despite some reports that suggest he will challenge starter Tarvaris Jackson for playing time this season, it is far more likely that he will not even take a snap from scrimmage during the regular season.
Booty has an adequate arm and appears that he can make all the throws, but he clearly does not have a rocket arm, like Jackson, for example. But as Burmeister, a former quarterback himself, points out, he seems to have a rhythm that you can't always teach.
In a best-case scenario, Booty's career in Minnesota would follow a path similar to the one he traveled at USC, sitting behind future NFL quarterbacks Matt Leinart (Cardinals) and Matt Cassel (Patriots) for three seasons.
The starting job belongs to Jackson. Veteran Gus Frerotte is next in line should T-Jack falter. Booty's spot on the 53-man roster will likely depend on his ability to beat out six-year veteran Brooks Bollinger in training camp. Sneaking him through waivers to stash on the practice squad for a year seems highly unlikely.
Mike Tomlin, who spent just one year with the Vikings as their defensive coordinator, obviously made a good impression. RB Mewelde Moore says it was Tomlin who sold him on signing with the Steelers during the offseason.
It appears that the torch for the No. 1 running back in the league for fantasy players has been passed from LaDanian Tomlinson to Peterson.
The Redskins are confident that former Viking DE Erasmus James can contribute this season. "Ras is probably not going to be ready to go for a while," ‘ said Washington's new DL coach John Palermo, who coached James at Wisconsin. "But every indication is that if he continues to rehab and do what he's supposed to do, he'll have a chance to be ready by the time training camp starts. He's very appreciative of getting a second chance. I think he's excited about playing for me again - as excited as I am about coaching him again."
Here's one blogging apologist for former Viking WR Troy Williamson, who says: "Troy Williamson had about as hard of a deal as you can get since he was drafted in 2005. He's had a constant string of coaches, quarterbacks, offensive coordinators, and a fanbase that expected far too much from a first-round pick in his first season. He's incredibly fast, so much so that he loses focus on the ball in the air as he works on blowing past his coverage." The problem wasn't unfulfilled expectations in his first season, it was unfulfilled expectations in this third season that ultimately doomed his tenure in Minnesota.
Here's another fantasy football impact report on QB Tarvaris Jackson. "While I don't expect him to light up the fantasy world, he should improve on his numbers from 2007," according to Tony Pisano.