Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Vikings Add Quarterback

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings filled their immediate need for a third-string quarterback, signing former Michigan Wolverine and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Drew Henson. In three NFL seasons, Henson has played in seven games, starting one. His career statistics include 10 completions in 18 attempts for 78 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

The Vikings signed Henson to take the place of former third-string quarterback Tarvaris Jackson who suffered a knee injury last week and is expected to be out a minimum of four to six weeks. With Jackson out, the Vikings had only two quarterbacks remaining on their 53-man roster, Brad Johnson and the recently signed Brooks Bollinger.

While the Vikings currently have Henson listed as a practice squad player, indications are that he will be added to the Vikings' 53-man roster in time to make him available as the emergency quarterback against Buffalo. That move would require the Vikings to release a player currently on the 53-man roster.

Given his potential, Henson could be a very nice pick-up for the Vikings and will certainly provide a better option as an emergency quarterback than would have whichever receiver or member of the secondary currently is regarded as the "out-of-options" quarterback. And should the Vikings elect to place Jackson on injured reserve, the team could ride out the remainder of 2006 without using Jackson or cutting Henson and leave to 2007 a determination of which three quarterbacks remain with the team long term.

From a season that nearly began with Mike McMahon and J.T. O'Sullivan as the backups to Brad Johnson, to one in which Henson is the third-string quarterback behind Johnson and Bollinger, the Vikings' quarterbacking situation, though somewhat ordinary, is at least no longer tragic beyond the starter.

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