Vikings: It's Jackson, Bollinger at quarterback, for now

  • Article by: KEVIN SEIFERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 18, 2007 - 12:27 AM

The team expects to open training camp that way, and wait until later in the summer to consider acquiring depth at the position.

The Vikings have laid some groundwork for adding a veteran quarterback this summer, coach Brad Childress acknowledged Tuesday, but they plan to open training camp next week with their existing personnel.

Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger finished last season as the Vikings' top quarterbacks, and the team made no move to sign a more established veteran in free agency. Several NFL-related websites have reported the Vikings were shopping for a veteran earlier this month, but Childress said the team has merely assessed its options if reinforcements prove necessary in training camp.

"It's an endless process," Childress said. "Our personnel room has names all over the wall. Whether it's the wide receiver position, the offensive line position, defensive line, or guys that you might call 'people of interest.' We talk about all of those guys every day. Those are ongoing personnel discussions. Quarterback is no different."

But when asked if the team could make a move in the next week, Childress said: "I doubt whether it would change before camp. I don't think people are making a lot of changes right now. Everybody is kind of standing pat. You see as you go. [But] as you know, stuff happens."

The Vikings replaced backup quarterback Mike McMahon last season by acquiring Bollinger 12 days before the start of the regular season. As of Tuesday, the most prominent available quarterback was Daunte Culpepper, who might sign soon with Jacksonville.

If they are disappointed with either Jackson or Bollinger, however, the Vikings' most likely course of action would be to acquire a veteran off another team's roster as final cuts approach. One candidate for that profile is Philadelphia backup Kelly Holcomb -- who faces a tall task in making an Eagles team that also includes Donovan McNabb, A.J. Feeley and rookie Kevin Kolb.

Holcomb recently told "it makes sense" to consider a move to the Vikings. But the Eagles likely will take Holcomb to training camp for insurance but could part ways with him later this summer.

Childress, however, hopes he won't have to bolster the position at all. Jackson seems poised to win the job, but Childress said he will maintain a competition with Bollinger throughout camp. The pair will rotate with the first team during camp drills, and Childress did not rule out the possibility of splitting starts for at least the first two preseason games.

"Tarvaris has done everything he can to put himself in position for this, as has Brooks," Childress said. "I can't say enough about those two guys. But you can't put a premium on all the snaps they are going to get in camp, with the pace of the pass rush bearing down on them."

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