Minnesota Vikings

Twitter Reacts as Matt Cassel, Not Teddy Bridgewater, Named Vikings' Starting QB

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 23: Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass agianst the Kansas City Chiefs defense at Arrowhead Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IAugust 25, 2014

After a lengthy position battle for the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback job, Matt Cassel has reportedly beaten out rookie Teddy Bridgewater.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported the news Monday morning:

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press notes the team will likely announce the decision at a press conference:

While Bridgewater has shown flashes of potential during the preseason, Cassel has been the steady hand thus far. He also brings a wealth of experience at the position, despite limited success.

In 87 games played during his career, Cassel has passed for 15,302 yards, 93 touchdowns and 66 interceptions. With the Vikings last year, he was asked to step up for nine games and put together an 81.6 quarterback rating.

Glazer provided more information on why the battle ended in Cassel's favor:

Eric Thompson of SB Nation passes along his reaction to the news:

One huge benefit for the Vikings starter is his connection with some of the young stars on the team. He showed off that rapport with Cordarrelle Patterson during the preseason, per the Vikings' Twitter account:

As for Bridgewater, the former Louisville quarterback was successful during the preseason, but he came up just short. The rookie is 26-of-40 in the preseason with 266 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Following those performances, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report noted the excellence on the field by Bridgewater:

Despite those strong numbers, star running back Adrian Peterson believed Cassel kept the position. Peterson shared his thoughts with Tomasson:

Going off of understanding the offense and who's running the offense better right now, you know, nothing to do with talent-wise, so that's why Matt (has the edge). ... He's been here. He's a veteran guy. This is Teddy's first year, so I feel like we are in a good position to even be having that conversation (about quarterback competition).

For Cassel, this is an opportunity to yet again prove himself as a starter in the NFL. He's struggled in the league to retain a starting role, but he has several offensive weapons to work with in Minnesota.

While Bridgewater comes in as the first-round pick for the Vikings, he still needs some polishing to overtake Cassel. Still, a young phenom with a chance to rise to the top of the depth chart this season, look for him to continue to shine in the final preseason game.

Surrounded by players like Peterson, Patterson and Greg Jennings, Cassel's consistency could prove vital for the Vikings. But with pressure being applied behind him, success in Week 1 is a necessity on the road against the St. Louis Rams.

 

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