QB Tarvaris Jackson - Free Agent
|6-2, 225||Born: 4-21-1983||College: Alabama State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 64 (2006)|
2013 Week 3 vs JAX (7 / 8 / 129 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 1 rush)
Jackson may be the best backup QB in the NFL right now. Stepping into the huddle with 4 minutes still left in the 3rd quarter, he was completely in control of the offense and picked up where Russell Wilson left off, shredding the Jacksonville defense. He found a tightly covered Doug Baldwin for a 35 yard score, placing the ball just ahead of him for the diving catch. He also ran one in from five yards out, and with just over one quarter of play, essentially put up half the numbers that Wilson achieved in nearly three.
2013 Week 11 vs MIN (1 / 3 / 6 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Jackson briefly saw action against his former team, but in garbage time had no real chance to shine, only throwing a couple of very short passes before handing the ball off the rest of the time.
2013 Week 15 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jackson had some action in garbage time, attempting and completing one pass. It was play action rollout that gave him time to easily hit a wide open Luke Willson for a first down and more.
2011 Week 1 vs SF (21 / 37 / 197 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Jackson's performance could be considered mixed at best. While he did throw two touchdowns - the first of which he exhibited nice patience waiting for two receivers to clear and a delayed slant route to develop - he looked rattled after some early 49ers pressure. His accuracy was questionable at best, and for quarterback considered to be mobile, he didn't throw the ball well on the run. The Seahawks were behind in this game the whole time - forcing Jackson to throw 37 times. They'll never win games in that fashion. While some might say that the two Ted Ginn Jr. return TDs made this game appear to be more of a blowout than it was, it could also be argued that San Francisco's extremely poor red zone offense and use of good field position had it closer than it ever should have been before Ginn struck. While he showed some accuracy at times, it was almost always on short routes that any NFL QB could complete. Jackson still has a lot of work to do. His offensive line didn't do him many favors though in this one.
2011 Week 2 vs PIT (20 / 29 / 159 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Jackson's day was the final zero in his statline (no interceptions). That is not, however, an accurate portrayal of his effectiveness of accuracy. Despite going 20/29, it seems as if Jackson still wasn't capable of making quality throws. Most of the offense was short, safe throws for him. On the few occasions he threw more than 10 yards downfield, he wasn't on point - a notable exception being a nice high throw to Ben Obomanu about 13 yards downfield that went through Obomanu's hands. Seattle didn't cross midfield until there was 9:23 left in the game so it's hard to say that catch would have made a huge difference, but perhaps it could have helped Jackson's confidence. The Seattle coaching staff has no inclination to attack deep. Either it's Jackson's inability to attack, their offensive line's inability to block long enough, or their receivers' lack of skill set to get open deep, they just don't even try it. Two games in, and Seattle hasn't really mixed in a deep throw. Perhaps they're waiting on Sidney Rice to return, but they're offense is inept until they at least try. Jackson has averaged 5.3 and 5.5 yards per attempt in his two games.
2011 Week 3 vs ARI (18 / 31 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 1 rush)
Jackson was buoyed by the return of Sidney Rice, who he targeted often, but still displayed too many flaws in his game to be more than merely adequate. Jackson holds on to the ball too long, which led to four sacks in this game, and seems unable to spread the ball around (notable is his one (ONE) pass to Mike Williams on the day. Clearly his rapport with Rice is strong, as evidenced by how much he leaned on him while running the no huddle offense in the final minutes of the first half. After halftime Jackson began to spread the ball around, which included a nifty sideline completion to Rice. If he can do that with regularity, then this offense may have a chance to thrive. Jackson ran the ball in himself for the score, showing a real nose for the end zone - he made a great effort to gain a few more yards when he could have gone down easily after the first down. His mistakes were few: His interception was off of a Hail Mary to end the first half; and in the final quarter, he got lucky with a bad fumble that easily could have been a defensive TD.
2011 Week 4 vs ATL (25 / 38 / 319 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Jackson finally delivered the breakthrough (if not breakout) performance that the Seahawks were waiting for. He demonstrated that he can spread the ball around the field successfully, rather than over-relying on Sidney Rice. And guess what - it worked. Jackson got stronger as the game went on, despite the fact that Rice was effectively shut down late in the game. The two interceptions weren't his fault - one was a good throw that was tipped, and the other would have been a touchdown if TE Zach Miller could have held on to the ball. Make no mistake, Jackson still keyed on Rice when he needed him. He found Rice in a big way on a perfect 52-yard bomb as he had the defense beat for the touchdown. He also found Mike Williams; only 3 times, but he made them count. First for a key 3rd down conversion at the sideline, then he threw a dart to him in the end zone that was caught with ease. Jackson later in the red zone used a pump-fake to perfection to draw the coverage away from the end zone corner, then laid in a nice easy one for Obomanu, who was all of a sudden wide open. The last key to this puzzle was the emergence of WR Doug Baldwin, who earned more trust from his QB as the game wore on. Jackson had a lot of success running the no huddle offense in the second half, and came very close to mounting a comeback from a 27-7 deficit. As he attempted the comeback, we saw a strong, mobile quarterback who knew when to leave the pocket, and when to hang in there and take a hit in order to make the completion. There was no real weakness to his game - take back those two interceptions and he wins this one for the Seahaawks.
2011 Week 5 vs NYG (15 / 22 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Tavaris Jackson only played about half the game but his play was mostly solid in this short stint. Jackson is an athletic QB but isn't quite known for his rushing yards. He has the legs to buy him time when he is outside of the pocket but always keeps his eyes downfield and remains a passer which is good for his fantasy value. When Jackson was given time in the pocket, he had success against a porous NYG secondary. However, Jackson was sacked 4 times and really was ineffective when Seattle was unable to protect him. Jackson should have let much more than 2 scoring drives in this game but turnovers killed numerous SEA drives and this took away from a potentially bigger day in fantasy. RB Lynch also had a big role in this game early on and almost single handedly had a touchdown drive himself. QB's who play against the Giants often have mixed success, great success throwing downfield when afforded the time but sacked and hurried just as frequent.
2011 Week 8 vs CIN (21 / 40 / 323 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Jackson was supposed to get another week off to rest his damaged pectoral muscle but Charlie Whitehurst's struggles put the kibosh on that. Despite Jackson being in obvious pain and under pressure, Jackson was able to move the ball effectively, specifically in the second half when the team was trying to come back from a 17-3 deficit. Jackson was plagued by a horde of drops by his wide receivers at key moments and several drives stalled out because of it. Jackson showed good mobility and accuracy against the Bengals secondary, such as on a big pass to wide receiver Ben Obomanu for 55 yards. On the play Jackson dropped back and threw a big pass down the sideline to where Obomanu had gained some separation on the defender. Jackson's pass caught his receiver in stride, though by then the cornerback had been able to close the gap and made a tackle immediately.
2011 Week 9 vs DAL (17 / 30 / 221 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
One week after a solid performance in relief of Charlie Whitehurst, Tarvaris Jackson was back to his old self. While he completed more than half of his passes for a respectable 7.2 yards per attempt, he threw three interceptions and seemed determined to throw passes that had very little chance of success. He continues to throw off of his back foot at inopportune times and insists on shuffling around in the pocket, making off balance throws even when his protection is solid. On one interception, it wasn't clear if Jackson was trying to throw the ball incomplete to the ground or if he simply threw it in to the line, where it was batted around and ultimately picked off. His best pass of the day came on a 43 yard completion to Sidney Rice. On the play, Jackson pump faked to the right where Rice had faked to the outside. Rice cut upfield and Jackson hit him in stride for a huge gain. Otherwise, Jackson spent much of the day throwing deep incompletions and short, outlet completions that simply could not sustain drives for the Seahawks.
2011 Week 10 vs BAL (17 / 27 / 217 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
Don't let the ho-mum numbers fool you. Jackson played a confident game. He made smart decisions and threw very accurately all day. The main thing he's gotten better at is spreading the ball around. Sidney Rice at times had been his first, last, and only look on passing plays; but he spread the ball to seven receivers in total against the Ravens. If anything, Jackson spread the ball out too much. Rice made a couple of nice catches, and probably could have been leaned on a bit more. Jackson did an exceptional job of placed the ball perfectly on passes, which gave his receivers a chance even when they were covered. With the return of Robert Gallery to the offensive line, he seemed to have a little more time in the pocket. But even when scrambling, Jackson made things happen. On one play he was not only scrambling but threw against his body to hit Baldwin perfectly for a 50 yard gain. This team is still struggling to find an identity on offense, but for now Jackson looks reliable. He played smart football against a stout defense, which was enough for the Seahawks but probably not enough for your fantasy team.
2011 Week 11 vs STL (14 / 24 / 148 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
The more the Seahawks win, it seems, the less relevant Tarvaris Jackson is to anyone's fantasy team. Jackson showed patience and composure - and relied on a healthy dose of the ground game -- to overcome a start that included an interception on his first pass, and then another to end the very next drive. On the first read it was a simple case of 'good read; bad throw', while on the second he got beat by an aggressive play by the defender. On both turnovers, Jackson had locked on to his receiver and so made it easier for the defender to be in position to pick him off. Jackson didn't give up the bad habit entirely, but he did limit his mistakes from there on out. The Seahawks were also missing two offensive lineman, and the pocket seemed to collapse quickly all day. Jackson's main assets were that (after the early mistakes) he wasn't forcing the ball to covered receivers, and he spread the ball out well while showing continued chemistry with Sidney Rice. On the downside, he only passed 24 times the whole game. Worth noting is that two of those passes were on the money in the end zone but the receivers couldn't finish the play.
2011 Week 12 vs WAS (14 / 30 / 144 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jackson looked like 2 different players in this game. In the first half he was tentative and had little-to-no arm strength. It was obvious that his torn pectoral muscle was bothering him any time he threw anything downfield. At the same time, he was plagued by drops from his receivers and was fortunate to have so many balls bounce of defenders hands. The Seahawks, for the most part, kept things short and simple in the first half. Jackson's lone TD pass in the first quarter was all Marshawn Lynch and some excellent blocking. Jackson dropped the ball off in the flats to Lynch who followed his blockers 20 yards into the end zone. In the first half alone, Jackson had 3 passes dropped by his receivers and 2 easy picks dropped by the Redskins. Jackson came out after half time and started airing it out all of a sudden. He didn't have a whole lot of success in the third quarter, but he definitely looked stronger and was no longer wincing on long throws. He had another pass dropped, and two more picks dropped in what was an ugly quarter. At the start of the 4th quarter, Jackson's arm looked as strong as it had all day and he threw a perfect pass to Golden Tate between two defenders for a 15 yard touchdown pass. Tate ran a good post route and Jackson timed and placed the throw perfectly. Later in the game Jackson missed Doug Baldwin, his favorite target on the day, who had his man beat deep by two steps. Finally, with time winding down, the Skins held on to the 6th ball to hit them in the hands, sealing the Seahawks fate. At halftime of this game you had to wonder if Jackson would even be able to finish, but he found something at halftime that made him more resilient, if not more accurate.
2011 Week 13 vs PHI (13 / 16 / 190 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Jackson showed ups and downs tonight, getting rid of the ball quickly and decisively on some throws yet at times holding onto the ball a little too long. Mechanically speaking he can't deliver the ball consistently fading onto his back foot. However, he did show good trust with his receivers on hot routes and placing the ball where only his players could get to the ball. On his only touchdown pass of the night trust was the main component lofting the ball in the air where only Golden Tate could come up with the reception on an 11-yard touchdown completion. The script and flow of the game totally worked in the Seahawks and Jackson's favor, he did show some growing chemistry with Zach Miller on two nicely executed play action passes as well.
2011 Week 14 vs STL (21 / 32 / 224 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 4 / 0 rush)
The numbers fail to tell the whole story, Jackson's night was a marred by questionable decisions, bad mechanics and inability to feel the rush. Most of the yardage gained was after the catch; a lot of bubble screens and high percentage throws over the middle never really stretching the field. Early on Jackson seemed to prefer targeting Golden Tate, twice attempting to connect with the young wide out inside the five-yard line both coming up empty. Jackson had a chance for another touchdown to Deon Butler only to have the receiver get his feet tangled up with the defender on his best thrown ball of the night. Finally at the end of the third quarter Jackson connected with Doug Baldwin for a 29 yard score, right after the Ram's lost both starting corner backs. Jackson managed the game rarely affecting the game flow negatively; statistics could've been better but was affected by a pretty consistent pressure from the Rams front four. This report seems to contradict its self but Jackson on paper was far better than the Jackson on the field.
2011 Week 15 vs CHI (19 / 31 / 227 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Jackson had a terrible start, losing the ball to give up a defensive touchdown. Dropping back into his own end zone, he simply waited too long to get rid of it. From there, however, he got it together and managed the game well the rest of the way. Jackson did well to place the ball away from defenders when passing the ball, and spread it around nicely, making the passing game harder to defend. Against a defense that stuffed the run all day long, it was an accomplishment to get any offense going at all. After Mike Williams left the field with an injury, Jackson showed pretty good chemistry with Golden Tate.
2011 Week 16 vs SF (15 / 28 / 163 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jackson did it again. That is, he scored a passing touchdown with no interceptions for the fourth straight week. He did a brilliant job of spreading the ball around - he connected with eight different receivers, and had already found six of them in the opening quarter alone. The problem with both of these things is that it doesn't make Jackson a particularly attractive fantasy option - and by spreading the ball around so well, he mitigates the value of all the receivers, leaving RB Marshawn Lynch pretty much the only fantasy relevant player on this team, period. Back to Jackson for a second: he wasn't perfect, just efficient. He also tried for a one yard score on a bootleg - a strange play in which his fullback must have thought the play was blown dead since he simply stood up and watched the play develop at first (then managed to make a block) - but was stopped cold by the Niners defense, who to that point had not allowed a rushing touchdown all season. In the end, the Seahawks were down by two and his best efforts weren't good enough. With just over a minute left, he scrambled on a short 3rd down and had the ball knocked out of his hand, which the 49ers recovered. The Seahawks got the ball back once more, with 41 seconds on the clock. They simply needed to get in field goal range, but on 4th and 2 from their own 34, Jackson threw the ball way over the head of his target to end the game.
2011 Week 17 vs ARI (21 / 35 / 222 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Jackson gave the Seahawks a chance to win it, but the combination of heavy pocket pressure and a few too many dropped passes by his receivers stalled most drives, and spelled their doom in the end. Jackson had good protection at the start of the game, allowing him to make some good throws early on. As the game went on, the Cardinals upped the pressure, which created a few sacks and finally an errant throw for an interception as the blitz got to him. Jackson was on his game today when it came to the deep ball. The only problem was, his receivers were rarely up to the task. Ben Obomanu in particular was a frequent target, but also he put on a ball-dropping clinic. Jackson for the most part showed good poise in the face of pressure, which was the case on a great long TD throw to Ricardo Lockette that sent the game to OT.
2010 Week 8 vs NE (4 / 6 / 36 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 33 / 0 rush)
Jackson came in to relieve an injured Favre, and he made a nice improv throw to fullback Naufahu Tahi and throw to the corner of the end zone to Percy Harvin to bring the Vikings back within three points. On his next and last drive, the Vikings were down ten and the game basically over. He had a nice long run and some dumpoffs to Toby Gerhart, but it was really hard to get a feel for how Jackson is developing since the work came in garbage time.
2010 Week 13 vs BUF (15 / 22 / 187 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)
Tarvaris Jackson came into the game after the Favre injury and delivered some good moments along with some questionable moments. Jackson started off really well with a beautiful 46 yard pass that landed right in the bread basket of Sidney Rice. Jackson also made a terrible error by throwing a pick six as he failed to get the football far enough to the outside, allowing the CB in zone coverage to undercut it. Jackson stayed active in the pocket and used his mobility to gain yards when he could and also make great plays, including a lofted pass as he jumped in the air across the field to Camarillo. Jackson's other interceptions came on a high pass that was deflected and a pass where he was hit as he threw. Jackson's performance gives Vikings fans reason for optimism, but the inconsistencies in his game are still obvious.
2010 Week 14 vs NYG (15 / 30 / 118 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Jackson started the game off well, but it became very clear very quickly that he was limited in what he was able to do for the Vikings. While Jackson looked sharp on his short and short-medium passes, taking advantage of the Eli Manning interception to get the Vikings out to an early lead, the ball tended to float on Jackson's deeper passes. When he wasn't running into Adrian Peterson and taking them both out of the play, he was running for his life from pressure that the Giants were putting on him. He was sacked and knocked around, and left the game several times after taking a hard shot. He was so banged up by the time the game was over, he was unable to finish. Joe Webb didn't fare much better, and it will be interesting to see who the Vikings have under center against the Bears this week.
2009 Week 2 vs DET (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brett Favre's clipboard holder kept the clock running in the 4th quarter after the Vikings had the game wrapped up. Once the Lions were out of time-outs, Jackson took a knee and the game ended. They one interesting part of Jackson's performance was early in the game when he lined up as the short man on the first punt formation. He didn't touch the ball and the Vikings kicked it away. Jackson wasn't on the field again until the end.
2009 Week 5 vs STL (3 / 3 / 68 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jackson came in during garbage time, midway through the fourth quarter and worked the offense well to wrap up the game. Jackson made smart decisions, set up the run with short passes and hit a nice screen to Chester Taylor to avoid a blitz from the Rams. He's not a threat to replace Favre any time soon, but is clearly learning from watching Favre run the offense.
2009 Week 17 vs NYG (4 / 6 / 42 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Tarvaris Jackson came in for Brett Favre in the fourth quarter to close out the Week 17 blowout victory. Jackson is a solid back up with several NFL starts under his belt but with iron-man Favre in front of him there is little upside for him unless Favre ever retires - and stays that way.
2008 Week 1 vs GB (16 / 35 / 178 / 1 / 1 pass, 9 / 65 / 0 rush)
Jackson did not appear to be suffering any lingering effects from his preseason knee injury. He proved to be elusive in the backfield and ran for a number of first downs. He also hung in the pocket when necessary to make the throw and exhibited a few quality juke moves when avoiding defenders. Jackson demonstrated his arm strength on a some deep throws but had trouble hitting his receivers down field. At the end of the first half, Jackson was only two of seven for 16 yards but the team put more emphasis on the passing game in the second half with some success. He overthrew an open WR Sidney Rice in the back of the end zone on the team's two-point conversion attempt. His interception to end the game looked very bad, as the wide receiver was still running a deep route and had not turned around when the ball landed in DB Atari Bigby's hands.
2008 Week 2 vs IND (14 / 24 / 130 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tavaris Jackson didn't make any big mistakes. One thing that was very noticeable was that he was looking to pass the ball first on roll outs and during scrambling. During the second half he did make some very nice passes and showed some good decision making. Jackson was scrambling on what looked like he was going to run and he floated a very nice ball to Aundrae Allison. The fumble was on a great play by DE Dwight Freeney who knocked the ball out as Jackson pulled back to pass. The only bad pass of the day came when he was hit on the release and it looked like WR Sidney Rice ran the wrong pattern.
2008 Week 4 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jackson saw only one series of action in relief of injured starter Gus Frerotte, and it was the final series of the day. While he completed his first pass for an eight yard gain, the following two attempts were not nearly as successful. On both occasions Jackson held on to the ball too long resulting in consecutive sacks.
2008 Week 12 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jackson replaced the injured Gus Frerotte for one play, handing the ball off to WR Bernard Berrian.
2008 Week 14 vs DET (8 / 10 / 105 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Gus Frerotte injured his back trying to make a tackle attempt after his second interception of the first half. It was his final play of the afternoon after leading the Vikings to just three first half points. Jackson took over in the second half, and proved to be an immediate upgrade. Jackson threw just one pass on his opening series, but just his mere presence may have been enough to create running room for the backs. It was reported at halftime that Detroit head coach Rod Marinelli said he was going to alter the team's defensive strategy to account for Jackson's rushing abilities. It showed, as Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor combined to rush for 47 yards and a touchdown on four carries during the team's opening drive in the second half. Jackson later went on to toss a touchdown pass of his own off a rollout, to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. He didn't have a favorite target, instead spreading the ball around to whoever was open. Jackson only made one big mistake, when he floated an ill-advised pass into a crowd of Lions while under pressure. He was bailed out when no one on Detroit could haul the pass in. He made up for that duck with a perfectly-thrown third down pass to Bobby Wade to extend one drive and showed outstanding touch on a high floating screen pass to Chester Taylor that went for another first down to extend that same drive. If nothing else, Jackson has at least started a conversation about whether he deserves to start going forward regardless of the health status of Gus Frerotte.
2008 Week 15 vs ARI (11 / 17 / 163 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Jackson had a career high four touchdown game, yet completed only 11 passes on the day. He got off to a good start hitting Bernard Berrian and Sydney Rice for two first quarter touchdowns. He then added a third to Chester Taylor to give Minnesota a 28 point first half lead. In this third quarter, he hit WR Bobby Wade (58 yards) late in the for his fourth touchdown pass. He completed passes to six different receivers. He finished the day 11 for 17 and 163 yards.
2008 Week 16 vs ATL (22 / 36 / 233 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 76 / 0 rush)
This was a totally different Tavaris Jackson from the beginning of the season. He seemed to know when to run and when to throw. He was also very accurate. Shiancoe's second touchdown pass was a laser under extreme pressure. On the next drive he hit Bernard Berrian while under intense pressure. The very next play was a great connection on a timing route to Chester Taylor. Three plays later he shook off a wrapped tackler and connected to Shiancoe. Then Adrian Peterson fumbled. The only problem was that he showed a young player's impatience and made a few mistakes. But, he did not give up and almost brought the Vikings back for a win. One of his fumbles was just a great play by the Atlanta DL. The other was credited to Jackson but was really Peterson's fumble on the exchange. However, Jackson did not throw one pick and he wasn't even close. He showed good judgment and even threw the ball away to avoid sacks.
2008 Week 17 vs NYG (16 / 26 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Tarvaris Jackson had an average day. The Giants were clearly trying to stop the running game and were making the Vikings beat them with the pass. Jackson was able to pass pretty well but did not take advantage of the opportunity. New York was also able to keep Jackson from running the ball.
2008 Week 18 vs PHI (15 / 35 / 164 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Tarvaris Jackson had the type of game you would expect from a QB in his first playoff start against an experienced, well coached, blitzing defense. He finished 15 of 35 for 164 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception and just could not make any plays downfield against the Eagles. He had a long pass of just 27 yards and just nine passing first downs. Jackson did run the ball twice for 17 yards, but really did not look to run after being flushed out of the pocket throughout the game. He was sacked just one time, but the Eagles pressure forced a lot of poorly thrown balls.
2007 Week 1 vs ATL (13 / 23 / 163 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Jackson started slowly, but appeared to play with more confidence as the game went on. Jackson finished with 163 yards on 13 completions and 23 attempts with one touchdown and one interception. Jackson was not asked to do much, rarely throwing the ball deep, completing mainly short passes. His touchdown pass was on a short pass to Adrian Peterson that Peterson took for 60 yards.
2007 Week 2 vs DET (17 / 33 / 166 / 0 / 4 pass, 5 / 16 / 1 rush)
Jackson opened the game by completing his first four passes for 31 yards. And then he fell apart. His fifth pass was intercepted, and he was just 13-29 the rest of the way with four interceptions (each one a worse decision than the one preceding it). It got so bad that Detroit started sending blitzers on every down in an effort to rush Jackson's passes and force him into poor decisions. It would appear at this point that he is not very adept at recognizing the blitz and knowing what to do, because he was never able to sustain drives for his team. Far too often, he simply put the ball in traffic for the sake of avoiding a sack, but the turnovers give a pretty clear indication of how wise those decisions were. He did manage to score a touchdown by lunging in from a yard out after a screen pass to Adrian Peterson put the Vikings at the one yard line. Jackson left the contest late in the game with an apparent groin injury, and he'll be re-evaluated later this week.
2007 Week 6 vs CHI (9 / 23 / 136 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In his return from injury, Jackson handed off the ball 43 times to passing 23 times. As it turned out, the Vikings averaged 5.9 yards per passing play, while gaining 7.2 yards per rushing play, so this was the right move, especially considering that Jackson completed just 39% of his passes. In leading the Vikings to a division victory on the road, he didn't turn the ball over. If not to include a sixty yard touchdown to Troy Williamson, Jackson averaged less than 3.5 yards per passing play.
2007 Week 7 vs DAL (6 / 19 / 72 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
Jackson failed to provide any spark to the Vikings passing game. He completed less than a third of his passes, and completed only two passes to players other than his running backs. He consistently took too long to make decisions, resulting in his once open receivers being covered, or in getting sacked. He did not show any lingering effects from his groin injury and scrambled four times for 20 yards.
2007 Week 9 vs SD (6 / 12 / 63 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Jackson was having the most pedestrian game imaginable when he was knocked from the contest courtesy of a sandwich tackle by LBs Stephen Cooper and Shawne Merriman. He had one ball nearly picked off by S Marlon McCree, he had another tipped by LB Stephen Cooper, and a third pass that seemingly every Charger defender had a hand on before it fell incomplete. He also wasn't doing much to move the offense or put points on the board, and getting knocked from the game may have been something of a blessing in disguise for Minnesota. Despite getting a ton of time to throw from his offensive line, Jackson couldn't find anyone downfield and didn't do a ton with his legs to make up for it. In fact, his best run of the day coincided with his final play of the day. He dove at the end of a ten yard run, only to have his helmet jostled around and banged into the turf by Merriman and Cooper. Jackson didn't return to the game. He was later seen on the sidelines laughing and joking with teammates and celebrating the victory, so hopefully for his sake the injury won't be serious. We'll keep you updated throughout the week in any case.
2007 Week 11 vs OAK (17 / 22 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
Jackson only had five incompletions in the game and looked good on a number of plays that found him firing completed passes to his wide receivers. Despite the high completion percentage, he finished the game with only 171 yards passing and he did turn the ball over twice in the game. The first was a first quarter interception that came with the Minnesota offense working form the Oakland three yard line. Jackson turned the ball over again in the second quarter after loosing the ball on a sack. In addition to using his arm, the Vikings' quarter back was also able to us his legs to help move the Minnesota offense. Jackson was able to pick up a first down on a quarterback draw that went for 12 yards on a third and ten play in the fourth quarter. He finished the day averaging just over six yards on three carries.
2007 Week 12 vs NYG (10 / 12 / 129 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 38 / 0 rush)
Jackson's best play came on his first pass attempt. With the Giants looking to stuff the run with eight men in the box, Jackson looked to the left leading the safety to one side, then came back deep down the right sideline hitting Sidney Rice for a 60 yard touchdown. For the remainder of the game, Jackson was asked mainly to hand the ball off, and throw short conservative passes. He ended up with a nice completion percentage, but he did take several sacks when he should have known the pressure was coming and thrown the ball away. He did escape pressure several times and added 38 yards on the ground to his meager passing number.
2007 Week 13 vs DET (18 / 24 / 204 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 20 / 0 rush)
Jackson put up his best passing performance of his career against the Lions. Improving on his last two games of highly efficient play, Jackson looked to throw deeper down the field and made a number of nice throws. Jackson again displayed good pocket presence, escaping from pressure five times. Jackson, while it does not show up in fantasy numbers, also displayed maturity by throwing the ball away when time in the pocket was running out, a skill he had not previously displayed. However, what did show up in the box score was important as he completed 75 percent of his passes, had his first 200 plus yard passing game, and had his first two touchdown passing game in his young career. His lone mistake was an interception near the Lions end zone. It appeared the receiver ran a different route than Jackson was throwing, but the game was well in hand by that point.
2007 Week 14 vs SF (16 / 25 / 163 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 13 / 0 rush)
Jackson continued to play well, but also continued to do so without putting up significant numbers. Even though he completed over 60% of his passes, he threw for just 163 yards, though he did add in a touchdown. He did look sharp hitting receivers in stride, making quick decisions, scrambling for yardage when there were opportunities and throwing the ball away when necessary. His maturation as a quarterback continued, but with the big lead the Vikings were staked in the first half, he did not need to put up big numbers.
2007 Week 15 vs CHI (18 / 29 / 249 / 0 / 3 pass, 7 / 25 / 0 rush)
Jackson threw the ball well at times, but he also made some terrible decisions that nearly cost the Vikings the game. Jackson was very much in synch with WR Bobby Wade, his favorite target, and he also connected with WR Robert Ferguson for what was nearly a 72 yard TD pass (Ferguson was tackled at the one yard line). But Jackson also made some crazy passes, one a bad miss to a wide open Sidney Rice (who could have scored), and two others that were easily picked off. Jackson also bungled a handoff to Peterson in the first quarter that the Bears recovered and turned into a field goal.
2007 Week 16 vs WAS (25 / 41 / 220 / 1 / 2 pass, 8 / 44 / 2 rush)
Jackson had a rough start to the game, throwing an interception on his first passing attempt. He struggled throughout the first half as the Vikings offense looked out of synch. Jackson finally got going in the second half when they ran some inside routes against the eight man front of the Redskins.
2007 Week 17 vs DEN (16 / 31 / 175 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 36 / 0 rush)
Jackson started off the game slow, completing less than 50% of his passes in the first half. His numbers would have looked much better had Troy Williamson not dropped a wide open bomb down the middle that would have been a sure touchdown. Jackson did pick it up in the fourth quarter, rallying the Vikings to back to back touchdown drives (scoring the two point conversion for each). Jackson also did a good job protecting the ball until his fumble on the first play in overtime, which set up the Broncos game winning field goal.
2006 Week 13 vs CHI (3 / 4 / 35 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Jackson came into the game with about two minutes left in the game because of an injury to number two quarterback Brooks Bollinger. Jackson didn't see much action as he went three for four for 35 yards. He saw a lot of pressure for the Bears defensive line and fumbled the ball trying to scramble out of the pocket.
2006 Week 15 vs NYJ (14 / 23 / 177 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Jackson entered the game for the final play of the third quarter and then stayed in for the rest of the game. He looked confident with his passing and his decisions, looking to just his first or second read and getting rid of the ball quickly. Jackson zipped the ball to five different receivers, but he definitely favored RB Mewelde Moore (five catches for 53 yards) and WR Troy Williamson (only three catches for 46 yards despite eight targets). WR Travis Taylor was the only other Viking with multiple catches from Jackson (three catches for 40 yards on four targets). TE Jermaine Wiggins, WR Billy McMullen and RB Richard Owens each had an 11 yard catch from Jackson. It remains to be seen who will start on Thursday against Green Bay, but Jackson seems to be the future of the Vikings. With their slim playoff hopes, it would not be surprising to see the potential starter for 2007 take the helm for Minnesota's final two games.
2006 Week 16 vs GB (10 / 20 / 50 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)
Jackson didn't look very good, but perhaps just as importantly he didn't look terrible either. He simply didn't take a lot of shots down the field, a fact he acknowledged in his postgame comments. His passes were a little bit inconsistent, something that is to be expected from a rookie making his first career start in late December in Lambeau Field. Oh, and in a game that fans are jacked up for to possibly see Brett Favre's last career start at home. So, considering the conditions, Jackson could have played a lot worse. On the plus side, he connected with nine different receivers, he turned the ball over just once, and he showed impressive arm strength on a deep ball to Troy Williamson early on. On the negative side, he averaged just 2.5 yards per pass attempt and didn't come close to leading anything resembling a sustained drive. On the last potential game winning possession, Jackson made several mistakes including taking a sack and failing to get out of bounds on a scramble. It's clear that Jackson has impressive physical tools, but it may take awhile to harness them. He has a lot of strength when he runs, and did a great job of avoiding sacks even when he was seemingly wrapped up. But he seemingly will need some time to master the QB position in the NFL, and it seemed more than a bit odd that HC Brad Childress wouldn't have leaned more heavily on the running game considering the circumstances.
2006 Week 17 vs STL (20 / 34 / 213 / 1 / 2 pass, 7 / 34 / 1 rush)
Jackson's day got off to rough start as on his second pass of the game when he locked onto his receiver on a quick out and Rams' cornerback Ronald Bartell read the play and got an easy interception. Bartell returned the ball 38 yards untouched for a touchdown. Jackson drove the Vikings down the field on a drive late in the first quarter. He made a good play with his feet when he scrambled for his first career rushing touchdown from the one yard line. Jackson did a good job of buying time in the pocket by scrambling around on some plays, something that Brad Johnson is not able to do. Although, Jackson does not seem to be a run-first type quarterback, he seems comfortable to sit in the pocket and wait for his receivers to get open. Midway through second quarter, when Jackson was moving the Vikings offense again and starting to get into a grove, he made another mistake in Ronald Bartell's direction and he threw his second interception of the game. Jackson simply threw an ill advised pass when the Rams got good pressure on him. He was 11 for 18 for 107 yards in the first half, but had two costly interceptions that lead to two of the three touchdowns St. Louis had in the half. Jackson struggled moving the ball in the second half and finding open receivers. He did make some plays with his legs as he had 34 yards rushing on seven carries. Late in the third quarter he was knocked out of the game in what looked like an arm injury. Jackson returned to the game two plays later and was sacked on his first play back. His biggest pass play of the game came with three minutes left in the game when the Vikings were 28 points down. He threw a screen pass to Mewelde Moore who took it 50 yards to the Rams two yard line. Jackson was able to throw his only touchdown pass of the game a couple of plays later when he scrambled to his right out of the pocket and threw up a pass that Travis Taylor was able to come up with among several defenders.