I told Del that I would write this article about a week ago, but after a computer crash and a fight with a sinus infection I’m finally on the keyboard working it out. There’s been a lot that has transpired over the past couple of weeks including a finalized roster, and a surprising trade for Tarvaris Jackson.
I again missed my prediction mark when I thought that Young was the clear backup with Smith bringing in the third spot on the depth chart. Now Young isn’t on the roster and Brad is sitting more on the WR depth chart than QB. Now that the little hype that there was about Jackson has all but gone lets take a closer look at the new QB that Buddy brought in.
Jackson played college ball at Alabama State, and was drafted by the Vikings in the second round of the 2006 draft. He had a solid first preseason which solidified him as the second string QB in Minnesota that year. He got his first start in his rookie year, and retained the starting role to his sophomore and junior seasons.
After two games in his third year he was benched, and never took the job back in Minnesota. Though he was named the starter in the preseason of his fourth year he was soon replaced by Brett Favre, and two years later signed with the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent. Despite having the best season of his career, the Seahawks moved on by signing Matt Flynn and later drafting Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin.
Now he has been traded to New York’s only team for what sounds to be a 7th or 6th round pick depending on his play time. So what does this mean for Buffalo? Was it a good move, or foolish? As we have said a lot this offseason, “In Buddy we Trust” and that doesn’t change with this move and here’s why.
Why I Like the Trade
Like I said previously, Jackson’s last year with Seattle was the best year of his career. He put up almost 3100 yards while completing over 60 percent of his passes, and throwing 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. This can definitely be said as better than any season that Vince Young has had in his career, and since he is replacing Young he seems to be an upgrade.
I think the biggest problem I had with him when I looked at him a week or so ago was that I was evaluating him as a starting QB, and I didn’t like what I saw from him as a starter. No, I didn’t think he was brought in to compete with Fitz, but its easy to look at his starting numbers and games and think why would we want this guy? But the fact is he is brought in as a backup, and to have a guy who was starting for any team last year as your backup can be a positive thing.
Why I Don’t Like the Trade
Here is my biggest problem with what happened in this trade. Its not giving up a draft choice, since we didn’t give much. And it isn’t the salary as we have plenty of cap room still. And its not even with Jackson himself, or anything that he has done. The main problem I have is that we bring in Youn before camp and he gets the opportunity to learn the offense, and now we bring in Jackson when there isn’t even a preseason game where he can get snaps. So now we are basically forced to keep an extra QB on the roster because there is no way that Jackson can learn the offense fast enough to even be a viable backup in the first few games. Furthermore, the biggest issue we have had in the last couple seasons is depth, and we now hold one less roster spot where depth could be added, because of the last minute trade.
All this being said I trust Buddy and Chan to do the right thing, and I think by midseason it could prove to be a good move, but as for right now it leaves a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Lets just hope we keep healthy, and depth doesn’t plague us as much this year, and my complaints will be for nothing!