Quarterback rotation set

QB Drew Henson

Vikings head coach Brad Childress revealed his plans to the media today for the quarterback rotation for Friday night's game in New York against the Jets.

Tarvaris Jackson will play the first quarter, Brooks Bollinger the second, Drew Henson the third and Tyler Thigpen the fourth.  Childress also indicated that most of the starters will play much of the first half so that Bollinger gets time with the first team, as well.

Childress wants Bollinger to have a fair look with a better supporting cast around him, but it is clear that Jackson is still very much the frontrunner for the starting job moving toward the regular season.

This will be the first legitimate chance for Henson to show what he can do in a preseason game with the Vikings.  Thigpen was No. 3 off the bench against the Rams last week and Henson did not play.

All indications are that Thigpen is ahead of Henson, who has not had a particularly good training camp to this point, so his performance in the third quarter this weekend will be critical to his long-term future with the Vikings.

In other notes, Childress has indicated that he will play it safe with defensive end Erasmus James, who was activate from the Physically Unable-to-Perform List early this week as he comes back from knee surgery a little less than a year ago.

Childress doesn’t want to rush James back too soon until he gets his legs under him and regains confidence in both wheels.

Meanwhile, it looks like just about everyone else will be up for Week 2 in the preseason, including defensive end Khreem Smith who has also missed time with a sprained knee.  Smith was having a good camp before tweaking his knee and had shown lots of flashes as an edge rusher.

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