Teddy Bridgewater rallied the Vikings to two late scores in last Saturday’s comeback win against the Cardinals, but those heroics haven’t changed the look of the team’s quarterback depth chart.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, that Matt Cassel will remain the team’s starter for the team’s preseason game next Satuday against the Chiefs. With the third preseason game usually serving as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, it would seem that Cassel is destined to start in St. Louis come September 7.
Bridgewater may get a chance to make one last case to keep Zimmer from making a final decision. The coach said Saturday that Bridgewater could get time with the first team against Kansas City and repeated that on Monday, but everything the Vikings are doing makes it seem that they want to go with the veteran for at least the short term.
Cassel’s done nothing in the preseason to make that look like a bad idea. He’s 17-of-22 for 210 yards and a touchdown through the first two games this summer and has shown good command of Norv Turner’s offense. That won’t make anyone clamor for Bridgewater any less if Cassel doesn’t perform well in the regular season, of course, but it looks like the rookie and his supporters will have to bide their time while Cassel shows what he can do.