Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been compared to Eagles QB Donovan McNabb on numerous occasions, but he doesn't agree with it.
From the time he was drafted out of Division I-AA Alabama State, Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson
has been compared to Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb
. Whether it was college scouts or Vikings head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel, the McNabb comparison has been drawn.
However, don't necessarily add Jackson to that list. Jackson did a one-on-one interview with Viking Update at minicamp and said he thinks the comparisons have more to do with look and size than with similar throwing styles or on-field demeanor.
"I think it's more because we both have the same kind of running skills and the same body type than because of the coaches," Jackson said. "I haven't really seen that (comparison) because he's a played a lot of games and brought his teams to a lot of NFC Championship Games. I haven't done that yet. When I do, maybe that kind of comparison can be made. But I don't think (the comparisons) are there yet. Hopefully they will be, because Donovan has won a lot of games in the NFL and that's what I'm looking to do."
Jackson will be featured in the next issue of the VU magazine, which will hit newsstands in late July. Read what he has to say about the pressure of playing quarterback this year when so many in the national media are saying the Vikings are a Super Bowl-ready team except at the QB position.
Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser was inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame Saturday. Kleinsasser, who grew up in the town of Carrington, N.D., was a four-year starter at the University of North Dakota from 1995-98 and was drafted in the second round by the Vikings in the 1999 draft. The Vikings packaged additional draft picks to move up in the draft to select Kleinsasser.
The Todd Lowber Era may be reaching an end. Lowber, who signed with the Vikings last year after running a couple of sub-4.3 40 times in a public workout, was released by the Vikes before the start of training camp because it was quickly deemed that man simply couldn't catch passes. On Monday, he was one of five players released by the New York Giants.
Cedric Benson's troubles continue. The former Bears running back who was released after a pair of DWI charges within one month has a new accessory on his vehicle. Thanks to Travis County Judge Elisabeth Earle, Benson has to install an ignition lock breath tester. The device won't allow the car to be started if any alcohol is present on the breath of the driver. Judge Earle has given Benson 72 hours to get the device installed as a condition of his bail at a pre-trial hearing held Monday.
Free agent running back Mike Anderson has been suspended by the league for at least one year for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy, which may effectively end his NFL career. While Anderson is still open to sign with any team, he can't take part in any team activities.
The Packers confirmed at their minicamp over the weekend that they offered Daunte Culpepper a one-year, $1 million contract prior to the 2008 draft – an offer Pepp turned down. He remains unsigned.