Vikings' main QB question still unresolved

The Vikings released their "unofficial" depth chart this week, but that didn't give away any clues on the status of the quarterback competition. Neither did Brad Childress.

The Vikings finally released their first team depth chart, but it doesn't answer the question that Brad Childress has so deftly avoided for the last few days – who is the starting quarterback?

The Vikings have followed their own version of "Conjunction Junction" by throwing the word "or" on the second line of the QB depth chart. The team lists Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels on the first line of the depth chart with the word "or" left alone on the second line. It's clear that John David Booty is the third QB, but the listing sheds no light on whether Rosenfels or Jackson has the upper hand in the preseason position battle.

A couple of interesting depth chart notes were made public by the release of the depth chart with their first pregame release of the season. To nobody's surprise, Phil Loadholt is the starter at right tackle. Ryan Cook is No. 2 at right tackle on the depth chart, as well as being listed as the team's third center.

At wide receiver, it would appear Jaymar Johnson has made an impression. He and Bobby Wade are on the second line of receivers, ahead of rookie Percy Harvin and guys like Darius Reynaud and Glenn Holt.

At tight end, Garrett Mills has been dropped to fourth on the depth chart, behind Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser and Jeff Dugan.

On the defensive side of the ball, Otis Grigsby has fallen to third-team on the depth chart at left end behind Ray Edwards and Jayme Mitchell.

At the cornerback position, the second line behind starters Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin are Benny Sapp and Marcus McCauley – ahead of rookie Asher Allen and free-agent signee Karl Paymah. Rookie Jamarca Sanford is listed on the second line at strong safety, ahead of Eric Frampton.

In the return game, Harvin is listed as the team's top kick returner, but Jaymar Johnson is listed as the top punt returner.

As the listing on the release is quick to point out, the list is an "unofficial depth chart," but it gives fans a clue as to where the pecking order is with the team – except at the vital position of quarterback.

"It's not a competitive advantage by any stretch of imagination. Just trying to make up my mind," head coach Brad Childress said Wednesday during his final availability before the preseason opener on Friday.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • Because of the Labor Day holiday weekend falling later than normal, the Vikings won't be returning to Mankato after the Colts game Friday. But Brad Childress said that the practice schedule will remain regimented, just without the dorms and the bikes. "We have it all mapped out, but it is different when you aren't going back to a dormitory," Childress said. "We have a pretty good schedule worked out for that. We will still monopolize their time pretty well."

  • The Vikings are expected to resume practicing Sunday following their return from Indianapolis, but next week's practices, which aren't open to the public, haven't been announced yet.

  • The team announced that approximately 53,000 fans attended training camp, which is a new record for the Vikings. What makes the number even more impressive is that the training camp was one of the shortest in terms of duration in franchise history.

  • Former Viking Michael Bennett is said to have a good chance of sticking with the San Diego Chargers. Bennett, a former first-round pick of the Vikings, was picked up at midseason last year by the Chargers and has made a positive impression as the No. 3 back behind LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles.


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