Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been at Winter Park for several weeks getting ready for the 2007 season. At this point, Jackson almost certainly would be the Vikings starter but the organization has made it known it would consider drafting Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn if he’s available with the seventh pick of the first round. That isn’t likely to happen but Jackson said he would welcome the competition.
“Brady Quinn did a lot of good things in college and he’s a pretty good quarterback,” Jackson said Wednesday after finishing a weight lifting session. “But it’s a competition. I welcome competition. The only thing I can really control is what I do because I can go out there and just do my best. It’s up to the coaches to put in whoever they want to put in. But I feel like if I take care of my end that’s all I can really worry about.”
As for the Vikings receivers, Jackson expressed confidence in a group that doesn’t have a clear-cut No. 1 guy. “I love my receivers,” he said. “Almost a year now we’ve been working together. I work with those guys every day to see what they can do. … Besides [Bobby Wade and Billy McMullen] we don’t have a lot of experience out there. That’s the main point. But as far as talent and ability goes, I’m very confident in those guys.”
The media was given access to the Vikings’ 10 a.m. workout this morning. There are three sessions per day and many players are participating. Receiver Troy Williamson was in attendance but declined to speak to reporters.