Matt Cassel is the Minnesota Vikings’ starting quarterback.
The team was informed at a meeting this morning that Cassel will start, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.
The move comes as no surprise: Although Teddy Bridgewater is the quarterback of the future in Minnesota, Cassel has looked good in the preseason. And the Vikings’ coaches have said that Cassel has quickly grasped new coordinator Norv Turner’s offense.
Bridgewater will likely be the No. 2 quarterback, while Christian Ponder is third string. Barring something unforeseen, this will be the first time since 2007 that no rookie quarterbacks have started in Week One. That was the year JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn were the first-round quarterbacks. This year, the folks in Minnesota (as well as Jacksonville and Cleveland) have to hope the rookie quarterback class is a lot better than the one seven years ago. Even if none of the rookies will get to show it right away.