Thursday night’s final preseason game, against the hated Dallas Cowboys, is shaping up as a battle between John David Booty and Brooks Bollinger to see which QB will win the third spot behind Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte and which will be sent packing. The team is still sending out signals that Jackson might play some on Thursday but I would tend to doubt it. If you weren’t going to let him get in there against Pittsburgh, when he could get some meaningful time with the first team, then you’re not going to risk him and his bad knee in a game where none of the starters will be playing much. I would imagine the same goes for Gus Frerotte who got banged around a bit in the Steelers game and could probably use a full week off to let his old bones recover. Clearly, that leaves plenty of reps for both your other quarterbacks. It would still seem that Booty is the front-runner, only because he’s young and is perceived as having more upside than Bollinger, who has shown us pretty much all he is ever going to show us. Then again, experience could matter here. T-Jack is fragile and Gus is old, and the team might be more comfortable having someone who’s taken snaps in the NFL in the third spot rather than a project like Booty. They may try to sneak Booty on to the practice squad – but we know how well that went with Tyler Thigpen last year.
Get Ready for Booty v. Bollinger
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