The battle for the Vikings’ starting quarterback job between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels won’t really heat up until the team plays its first preseason game on Friday in Indianapolis. And it’s expected the competition will take a few more weeks to play out following that game.
But that being said, wide receiver Bobby Wade had an interesting response Saturday when asked about the timing he was developing with Jackson.
Said Wade: “Obviously, [Jackson] missed a couple of days so that always plays a toll…. You know the timing’s really important for every single one of our receivers, the timing with Tarvaris, and Sage for that matter but especially Tarvaris knowing he’ll be pretty much the named starter going into the season so timing is everything in this offense.”
It’s the last part of that quote that is interesting. “Especially Tarvaris knowing he’ll be pretty much named the starter going into the season …” Does Wade know something we don’t? (It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that happened.)
As far as we know, this is an ongoing competition, so perhaps Wade was just making a prediction, given that Jackson ended last season as the Vikings’ starter. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if Jackson does win the job, but the way Wade phrased his response it appears Jackson might have more of a leg up in this competition than we thought.