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Cassel, Bridgewater “pretty much splitting reps”

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After being called out by Peyton Manning for his smedium shirt and all-access pass to Broncos training camp, FOX’s Jay Glazer took his bus-defacing training-camp tour to Mankato State University.  He liked what he saw and heard of Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Per Glazer, Bridgewater and veteran Matt Cassel are “pretty much splitting reps” at practice, and “[h]ugeee” (maybe the tight shirt made the button stick) optimism exists for Bridgewater’s future.

It doesn’t mean that Bridgewater will be the Week One starter.  It does mean that, the longer the rep-spitting lasts, the less prepared the Week One starter will be.

Though in different conferences, the Vikings and Browns will provide an intriguing apples-and-apples quarterback comparison in 2014 and beyond, given that both were interested in Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater.  Cleveland ultimately traded up to get Manziel before the Vikings could, and Minnesota moved back to round one to get Bridgewater.

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  1. knucklehead93 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:56 PM

    So much happier to have Bridgewater than Manziel! Good luck Teddy!

  2. vickspuppy says: Jul 27, 2014 2:58 PM

    Kansas City won the Super Bowl to end the 1969 season.

    Minnesota has never won the final game of any season and been declared Champion. Never.

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 27, 2014 2:59 PM

    Although I can’t wait to see Bridgewater play, he shouldn’t start until he is absolutely ready. Cassel is a more than capable option to hold down the fort until that time. And when that time comes…LOOK OUT, NFL!!!

  4. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:00 PM

    Thank god they took Bridgewater over Johhny Nutcase

  5. codythao35 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:01 PM

    Woodpackers better be prepared. Even my little 1 year old can hold that Trophy any time any day. Little hands Rodger+Nelson= 0 win = o super bowl home boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pack fans will be crying like Carl in the cold/dark 2:00 am in the morning like when Brett lose the championship and left the woodpackers in 07.LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. letsberealpeople says: Jul 27, 2014 3:01 PM

    Teddy! “At I least I’m not rolling 20s in the bathroom.”

  7. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 27, 2014 3:01 PM

    You didn’t mention that Glazer said that Bridgewater is much more impressive than they expected. Expectations were pretty high, so he’s definitely doing well.

  8. luvmnsports2012 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:02 PM

    It’s almost here boys!! SKOL VIKES!!!

  9. packerfansareinbred says: Jul 27, 2014 3:03 PM

    Stop comparing Manziel to Bridgewater when talking about the Minnesota. The Vikings never wanted that coke-head Johnny 8-Ball in the first place and Cleveland is a dump, just like Green Bay, doesn’t deserve to be in the same sentence as Minnesota anything.

  10. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 27, 2014 3:03 PM

    I’m sure certain Packer fans will be going with the “Baby Hands” Bridgewater theme. So clever. So cutting edge. Well, I can’t wait to see those baby hands throw touchdown pass after touchdown pass!

  11. daveshingle says: Jul 27, 2014 3:04 PM

    Go with the rookie!

  12. bowhunter8355 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    Good Luck to both, but I see Manziel flaming out, and Bridgewater having solid career.

  13. codythao35 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:07 PM

    Carl Schmitt says packer sucks and boring. LOL!!!! Tell your own team sucks? That’s proud and pride for packer fans.

  14. floratiotime says: Jul 27, 2014 3:07 PM

    Bust 1 and Bust 2.

  15. largent80100 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:10 PM

    Bridgewater will earn the job after the preseason.

    Mark it.

  16. jakec4 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:13 PM

    I’d prefer the one who doesn’t hang out with Justin Bieber.

  17. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 27, 2014 3:13 PM

    Geno Smith will be a top 5 QB after he learns from Vick! Bustwater and MEziel will be out of the league in two years!

    #JetsDynasty
    #GodsTeam

  18. goawayeverybody says: Jul 27, 2014 3:14 PM

    I cannot WAIT to watch another losing season for the Vikings.

    Go Packers!!!

  19. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 27, 2014 3:19 PM

    So the guy who won the competition last season is not even given a chance to keep his job.

    Why would they be so unfair to Ponder?
    It appears they plan to start the rookie this season and that it will likely be by the bye week when the season is out of hand if not sooner.

    This tells everyone that the vikings are in clear cut team building mode and that they are angling for another top choice in the draft to help build the team. The new coach is being given some time to build and does not have any “win now” pressure. It makes sense because they already have the stadium without a taxpayer vote so they don’t have to make anyone happy. They can take a couple of years to stockpile draft picks and prepare to compete.

    Starting the lowest paid QB on the roster makes sense.

  20. scw1993 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:20 PM

    Manning called out Glazier for reporting at the football camps?? Why would he even notice that?

    Megahead should pay more attention to his game than who is reporting it….steamrolled 43 -8

  21. huskywolverine says: Jul 27, 2014 3:24 PM

    The Vikes getting Bridgwater is like the Vikes getting Moss all over again. From all accounts, Bortles looks very raw, and JFF has been a dumpster fire off the field and is getting routed by Hoyer at the Factory of Sadness on the field.

  22. jimmysee says: Jul 27, 2014 3:30 PM

    Ponder should be getting 1/3 of the reps.

    Fair is fair.

  23. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 27, 2014 3:33 PM

    What an awful situation to be in. Thank sweet baby Jesus my team isn’t the Vikings. Baby hands will be the worst QB from the 2014 draft and be out of the league in two years.

  24. largent80100 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:33 PM

    “Why would they be so unfair to Ponder?”

    Unfair? They started Ponder because Leslie Fraizer wouldn’t give up on his draft choice to be the future franchise QB and Cassel was coming of a bad season in KC where he got benched for Brady Quinn (lol) for a few games.

    Ponder played poorly, Freeman even worse and the Vkings went 3-3 on games started by Cassel, not bad for a below-average NFL starter on a below-average team. In fact, Cassel played on every game Minnesota won in 2013.

    I believe that’s enough to move away from a QB bust, the Jagguars already kicked Gabbert and the Titans are one injury away of doing the same with Locker.

  25. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 27, 2014 3:39 PM

    Small hands Bridgewater = BUST

  26. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 27, 2014 3:43 PM

    Teddy Littlehands Bustwater won’t even beat out Ponder.

    Book it

  27. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jul 27, 2014 3:48 PM

    So Ponder is not only the third-string for the Vikes, he’s also third on the depth chart regarding popularity in his house

  28. calvinthegreat82 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:49 PM

    Lions and Vikings split reps with 3rd and 4th place, on consistent basis, year after year in the NFCN.

    Garbage football 4life!

  29. purpleman527 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:49 PM

    Given the Vikings starting schedule of STL, NE, NO, ATL and GB, start Cassel out of the gate. If he flames out, put in Bridgewater.

    If Bridgewater starts week#1, he will get pounded.

    Just my thoughts.

  30. jcbadger34 says: Jul 27, 2014 3:50 PM

    Of course, going up against the awful Vikings defense (in non-contact drills, no less), any qb can look impressive. This time last year (and the year before), we read the exact same stories about that noodle-armed Ponder chick. How he was the next star! How he was ready for his break-out year! The coaches were all super-impressed back then as well.

    And then the season starts, and the Vikings fail. That’s just how it always works.

  31. 1952vikefan says: Jul 27, 2014 3:54 PM

    TD Bridgewater was the steal of the draft early last year when the vikings started like crap the chant at the games were blow for bridgewater top 5 talent

  32. pftcoachmen says: Jul 27, 2014 3:54 PM

    Bridgwaters hands are bigger then Vick, Kaepernick, Rodgers and Romo.

    Its not the hand size that matters. It’s the head attached to the arm. And the heart inside the competitor.

  33. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 27, 2014 4:12 PM

    Viking fans really don’t understand the QB position. Not even a little.

    Another last place finish will mark the 4th time in 5 years they’ve been the worst team in the division. But that’s ok because Viking fans deserve to lose.

  34. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 27, 2014 4:20 PM

    Rodgers hands are bigger than Bustwater’s. Look it up.

  35. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 27, 2014 4:21 PM

    Lil’ baby small hands bustwater will lead the Vikings to another 4th place finish in the NFC North at 3-13, if they’re lucky.

  36. sonofad says: Jul 27, 2014 4:23 PM

    Glazer also reported that the last place Vikings are approaching their mid season hapless and tasteless form.

  37. clamdiggers says: Jul 27, 2014 4:24 PM

    43%… Only Detroit has fewer playoff wins than the queens..

  38. burtreynoldstoupee says: Jul 27, 2014 4:26 PM

    Watched practice in Mankato and this is what I saw:

    Keep in mind this is one practice but Bridgewater looked pretty ordinary and didn’t distinguish himself. He was shorter and smaller framed than Cassel and Ponder, which surprised me a bit. Hopefully he’ll shine a bit more once he gets comfortable.

    The guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon. He was noticeably faster and quicker than anyone on the field and appears to be a real steal in the third round. He could have a big impact this year, he runs a lot like Percy Harvin and could end up being a big weapon.

  39. cags777 says: Jul 27, 2014 4:32 PM

    I like that Bridgewater is going there to compete and learn. Might not be the most ideal way to win a QB competition, but the day is coming. It’ll also be nice to see Bridgewater do something better than the discount double-check in the endzone.

  40. stellarperformance says: Jul 27, 2014 4:33 PM

    All the Viking fan boasting and hope-filled predictions reminds me of someone famous, Henry Ford. He said it best: “Reputations are made on what you’ve done, not on what you say you’re going to do.” Therein lies the difference between Viking fans and Packer fans.

  41. chargrz says: Jul 27, 2014 4:41 PM

    Like it makes a difference, LOL.

  42. jjackwagon says: Jul 27, 2014 4:48 PM

    If Cassel is the answer, you need to ask different questions. Listen to me now, believe me later.

  43. codythao35 says: Jul 27, 2014 4:55 PM

    Glazer reports Rodger will be out of the league in couple years cuz he’ll be stump by Anthony Barr, the packs O line can’t even chase after my grandma, grandpa to protect Rodger.

  44. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 27, 2014 4:58 PM

    This is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic…

  45. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 27, 2014 5:00 PM

    Who’s he going to throw to? I hear Patterson has a lis franc, those don’t linger, do they?

  46. truepurple says: Jul 27, 2014 5:00 PM

    Opinions are like buttholes. You all have one and they all stink!

  47. GenXJay says: Jul 27, 2014 5:02 PM

    Henry Ford was wise. A one & done in the postseason echos cheesebays decline.

  48. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 27, 2014 5:12 PM

    An overrated team with three overrated, awful QBs. I’m sure the Packers are shaking in their boots ::sarcasm::

  49. codythao35 says: Jul 27, 2014 5:15 PM

    Vikings early schedule means nothing. They’ll beat old Tom up and wished he had never play against Vikes.” again”. Barr will crush Rodger and wished he had never play for beggar packers. Rodger will be begging for his life playing against Anthony Barr. AP will run over Rams pathetic defense. The cheater Saints is nothing special. We might beat them also, it’s any body’s game. While Atlanta is old and weak defense. Patterson and Jennings will fly by their slow defense backs. Finally, we don’t play 49ers. Packs are scared of 49ers. We beat niners and pathetic packs can’t even beat them. LOL!!!!!!!

  50. vikes69 says: Jul 27, 2014 5:27 PM

    bridgewaters “baby hands” are 1/8 of an inch smaller than rodgers……….

  51. whatjusthapped says: Jul 27, 2014 5:27 PM

    Its hard to take the observations of Viking fans regarding qB play on the team. A year ago, they were touting Ponder as the boy wonder who would lead the Vikings to back to back playoff years.

    Yet another last place is all we got so their pronouncements of Bustwater’s pending nomination to the Hall of Fame seem a bit premature.

  52. thefiesty1 says: Jul 27, 2014 5:33 PM

    In other words, they cant figure out if they have A quarterback. The Vikings are as pathetic as the Browns and Dallas.

  53. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 27, 2014 5:34 PM

    Does it make a difference who leads these purple princesses to 5-11?

  54. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 27, 2014 5:37 PM

    This is great. You have the worst NFL veteran starting QB who needs all the reps he can get, splitting reps with a future rookie bust NFL QB that is T-Jack 2.0. The Vikings are always a train wreck when it comes to managing their quarterback situation.

    Glad to see it continue from Chilly to Frazier and Zimmer now carrying the torch.

  55. wafflestomp says: Jul 27, 2014 6:03 PM

    Any QB could look impressive during 7 on 7 drills against that pathetic defense.

    Use your heads Viking fans, and don’t get steamrolled by the early hype.
    Why do I even bother to make you look less stupid?

  56. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:10 PM

    I simply don’t believe the rumor, and that’s what it is, that the Vikings wanted Manziel. I think if they wanted to move up to take a quarterback before Cleveland, they would have taken bridgewater. I think they tried to move up and were fighting Cleveland for bridgewater, not Manziel. Before the draft, zimmer said he didn’t like the spectacle of Manziel.

  57. poiseup says: Jul 27, 2014 6:10 PM

    I will believe it when Jenning’s sister say he is better than 12 and 4!

  58. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 27, 2014 6:13 PM

    Teddy Bustwaters hands were measured with gloves on. But thanks for affirming I was correct. LOL

  59. jimmy53 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:25 PM

    It’s a good thing Ponder has that MBA and a hot wife because it looks like he might be spending a lot more time away from football..

  60. detdominance says: Jul 27, 2014 6:49 PM

    Vikings will be in contention for the 1st pick in 2015

  61. stellarperformance says: Jul 27, 2014 6:51 PM

    Let’s be realistic here. The odds of a first-year QB doing well in the NFL is slim to none, with few exceptions. Cassel remains the best option for the Vikings this year. If the Vikings are 0-5 after playing the Packers on the road in week five, he could likely start at home against the Lions the following week. But be careful what you wish for. Bridgewater primarily and regularly throws finesse passes. Finesse won’t cut it in the NFL. He may be good someday in the NFL, but putting him in charge too soon will turn him into nothing more then a slightly smaller version of Tarvaris Jackson…..which is what he is until he proves otherwise.

  62. Bridgeh2O4ROY says: Jul 27, 2014 7:00 PM

    Fact- the Vikings roster is quickly becoming young & stacked with talent! They are 2 years away from being competitive deep in the playoffs! If Teddy B is who I think he will be, they will easily be the best team in division! Rodgers is full of Pride, so he will always be on top, and the packers will be competitive. But, the Vikes are surpassing them quickly! Bears have arguably the best 1-2 punch at WR. Lions are the lions but with solid leadership , they could be nasty

  63. dirtyhelmet says: Jul 27, 2014 7:18 PM

    Taking my son to his first Vikings game soon! Happy times.

  64. leroysbutler says: Jul 27, 2014 7:23 PM

    Vikings passed over Rodgers in the draft, twice!

  65. cheeseisfattening says: Jul 27, 2014 7:26 PM

    “Finesse won’t cut it in the NFL”

    Green Bay Packer fans know this all too well from the past few years. As Aaron Rodgers n0w admits, it has felt like he is on a JV team physically.

  66. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 27, 2014 7:59 PM

    whatjusthapped says: Jul 27, 2014 5:27 PM

    Its hard to take the observations of Viking fans regarding QB play on the team. A year ago, they were touting Ponder as the boy wonder who would lead the Vikings to back to back playoff years.

    Don’t forget how happy they were to trade multiple draft picks for McNabb, happy to sign Josh Freeman to a multimillion dollar deal, trade multiple picks to move up and draft the Tjacker, the drafting of Joe Webb, trading up in the draft for John David Booty, trading a draft pick for Brooks Bollinger, trading draft picks for Sage Rosenfels, trading draft picks for Kelly Holcomb, all in the last 7 years were promised to be great.

    I’m a weary and skeptical of hearing that the next vikings’ QB is going to be great; and then how it couldn’t be worse than their last QB, because he sucked.

  67. oldcracker says: Jul 27, 2014 8:10 PM

    If Bilgewater needed gloves at Louisville and did so poorly without ‘em at the Combine, it should be quite a show in the frozen tundra of the NFC-N.

  68. NastyMcFilthy says: Jul 27, 2014 8:18 PM

    Did Glazer report that he was at Mankato State University? It has been Minnesota State University Mankato since 1999.

  69. fordmandalay says: Jul 27, 2014 9:35 PM

    Where is PFTPoet? This was a fat pitch right down the middle of the plate and I was looking forward to reading his post!

  70. wallydippins says: Jul 27, 2014 9:42 PM

    Interesting that they choose a picture that doesn’t show Teddy’s baby hands. Well played PFT

  71. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 27, 2014 10:41 PM

    “Bridgwaters hands are bigger then Vick, Kaepernick, Rodgers and Romo.”

    False. I know for a fact Rodgers hands are better. And I’m sure none of those other guys you listed had disasters at their Pro Day. That’s a huge warning sign when you fail at such a scripted event that’s setup to make you look good. T-Jack 2.0

  72. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 27, 2014 10:42 PM

    I meant that Rodgers hands are bigger…but they are also obviously better.

  73. twesty85 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:17 PM

    The only people who were praising Ponder were the coaches. Very few Vikings fans had faith in Ponder. That was because he did make some good plays but wasnt consistent enough. I’m not a MN fan but the people who are calling out Teddy over his hand size is a fool.

  74. golforepar says: Jul 28, 2014 12:57 AM

    “Baby hands” Bridgewater can’t beat out Cassell? The Vikings are setting them selves up for another 4th place finish in the NFC North!

  75. tjthrash2112 says: Jul 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    A Packer fan here. I live in Minnesota though, and I think this guy will be great! I’m starting to become more of a fan of the Vikings and hope Bridgewater does well here. He has the talent and hopefully the will to be successful with arguably some of the best talent in the league around him! The Vikings need to take their time with him though. They could play Cassell this year (who is not all that bad!), and give more time for Bridgewater to prepare to be the future starter. The Vikings have screwed so much talent players in the past by rushing them into the starting job too quick; hopefully they don’t screw this one up to!

  76. Cooch says: Jul 28, 2014 1:38 PM

    Zimmer and Turner are pretty good coaches – and Spielman isn’t bad, either. If all of them agreed on Bridgewater after seeing all the film and all the practices, I have to believe Teddy is going to be pretty good, too. These guys spent a lot of time looking at all the angles for all the QBs and came up wit Bridgewater. Not the same as one guy thinking Ponder would be great.

  77. beefcannon says: Jul 28, 2014 10:03 PM

    Whether or not anyone thinks Cassel isn’t established with the organization, he is! There is continuity this year with the offensive line and receiving corps. Cassel will start this year. Our defence has filled some spots and my optimistic guess is the Vikes will pump 9-10 wins. I’m a fan of continuity and coaching and I think we have both at this point! SKOL VIKES!

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