Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported earlier this morning that the Minnesota Vikings’ players were informed that Matt Cassel will be the team’s starting quarterback over first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater.
This probably isn’t a huge surprise as many expected Cassel to win the job.
Going with a veteran out of the gate also takes a large amount of pressure off of Bridgewater and gives him some extra time to learn the offense. Plus, in the event that Cassel struggles and the Vikings make a quarterback change, the expectations for Bridgewater would likely be more reasonable.
Cassel, 32, has started all three preseason games and throw for 367 yards while completing 66.6 percent of his passes to go along with two touchdowns and one interception.
Bridgewater has also been pretty good this preseason completing 65 percent of his passes for 266 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Last season, Cassel completed over 60 percent of his passing attempts for 1,807 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.