Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported the news Monday morning:
Vikings players were informed this morning that Matt Cassel will be the starting QB in Minnesota over Teddy Bridgewater— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 25, 2014
Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press notes the team will likely announce the decision at a press conference:
Mike Zimmer expected to announce Matt Cassel starting QB at 11 a.m. press conference. I'm sure Aug. 25 was his date all along. No surprise— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) August 25, 2014
@SKOL69SKOL I'm sure it was planned all along this day. Cassel starts the first 3 preseason games and won't play Thursday. No need to wait.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) August 25, 2014
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:
Team loves Bridgewater and he will be their future but Cassel came in and performed well this preseason, did nothing to lose job— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 25, 2014
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:
So...that Teddy Bridgewater looks alright, huh?— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 24, 2014
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).
Will Cassel remain the starter all season?
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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