Vikings camp preview

Updated: July 19, 2006, 2:20 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.

Three Burning Questions

Will Brad Johnson be able to stay healthy and run the offense successfully in 2006?
The Vikings certainly hope Brad Johnson can get through a 16-game season because they do not have a backup quarterback who can step in and run this offense. Backup quarterback Mike McMahon knows new head coach Brad Childress' system from his time in Philadelphia, but he is certainly not the answer, and rookie Tarvaris Jackson is at least a couple of years away from being ready for any kind of game action. The coaching staff will use a lot of three- and five-step drops and a quick, short passing game to protect Johnson. They will also encourage him to get the ball out quickly and not take a lot of hits. He is a smart guy with a quick release and should do very well in this balanced offense, and it is important to remember he is playing behind a massive offensive line, which should protect him very well.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.