T. Jackson Puts Up Feeble Numbers in First Start, But It Wasn't Really Quite That Bad
The numbers were predictably bad for rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in his first NFL start Thursday night for the Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay.
The second-round draft selection completed 10 of 20 passes for 50 yards. He threw an interception and had a passer rating of 35.4. The Vikings scored their lone touchdown on a third-quarter interception return by cornerback Fred Smoot and lost to the Packers, 9-7.
But Jackson played better than his statistics indicated. He generally looked poised and threw some good passes that were dropped, including an on-target deep ball that former first-round pick Troy Williamson botched badly.
"The numbers aren't going to bear out that he did anything of merit, but I thought he did a good job managing the football game," Vikings Coach Brad Childress said during his postgame news conference. "I thought he gave some guys a chance to make a play."
Childress benched veteran Brad Johnson this week in favor of Jackson.
By Mark Maske |
December 22, 2006; 11:45 AM ET
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