Tarvaris Jackson OK with Brett Favre skipping start of camp

Maybe it was difficult for Tarvaris Jackson when Brett Favre arrived in the middle of the preseason a year ago to take over the quarterback job for the Minnesota Vikings.

He was losing his gig and there wasn’t anything he could do about it. What began as a competition with Sage Rosenfels turned into, well, Favre’s gig. And while some may be bothered if Favre no shows at Mankato, Minn., when training camp begins for the Vikings, Jackson will not be one of them. The good money is on Favre arriving after the team breaks camp in Mankato and returns to its headquarters in Eden Prairie. Then, he’ll be in position to embark on a 20th NFL season.

If that’s the way it goes down, it’s just fine with Jackson.

“If he doesn’t show up to Mankato, sign the same time he did last year, that’s fine, that’s more reps for me, Sage (Rosenfels) and Joe (Webb),” Jackson told Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We just basically try to take advantage of it. When he comes backs, be ready mentally and just know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s going to be a long season.”

Jackson told Scoggins that mentally he tries to go about his business as if Favre will not be back for a second run in a purple uniform. It’s the only way he can spend his offseason. Every player in the league needs to work at their craft as if they are going to be the starter. But if Favre shows up, or when Favre shows up, Jackson will be grabbing a clipboard.

“You just say to yourself, ‘OK, he ain’t coming back,’" Jackson said. “You tell yourself in the head, you’re thinking that. You might have your opinion about whether he’s coming back or not, but at the same time when you’re out there playing you’re not thinking. Each rep you get, (you’re not thinking) 'I don’t need to get this rep, I don’t need to do my best on this rep because Brett is coming back anyway.' You don’t want to do that. You just want to go and give your best. When he shows up or if he shows up, just welcome him back. That’s all you can do.”

Sounds like Jackson has been going about his business the best way possible, preparing for another season alongside a future Hall of Famer.

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