Matt Cassel was the Vikings' No. 1 quarterback when training camp opened. Yesterday, just four days later, Cassel began splitting first-team reps in practice with rookie Teddy Bridgewater . Today, Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who once considered Cassel starting in Week 1 to be a "slam dunk", is rethinking his position. Scoggins wrote Thursday that he "won't be surprised if Bridgewater is the starter in Week 1." Scoggins added that Vikings coaches have confidence in Bridgewater and would gladly hand him the reins if he earns the job during the preseason.
"Bridgewater threw two interceptions in practice Thursday, but I like the fact that he's not hesitant when he drops back," Scoggins wrote. "He gets the ball out quickly and has good arm strength. He doesn't look overwhelmed running the first-team offense when he gets the opportunity."
It sounds like the coaches in Minnesota are really pushing for Bridgewater to be their opening-day starter, much like what is happening in Cleveland with Brian Hoyer . Bridgewater's dynasty appeal is undeniable. But in re-draft leagues, a low-end QB2 will be taking the first snaps of the season for this team, no matter if that's Bridgewater or Cassel. As I've said before, either QB has my full support as long as he can connect with Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph at a steady rate and keep defenses from sending nine guys to stop Adrian Peterson .