The Minnesota Vikings have a plethora of talent at the quarterback position, but the choice will come down to who can help the team win football games. According to reports from Rotoworld, the apparent choice for week 1 starter is Matt Cassel.
That means rookie first round pick from Louisville Teddy Bridgewater will not be starting the season for the Vikings. As expected, Bridgewater needs time to develop as a rookie quarterback. This week alone Bridgewater through five interceptions during practice, and was outplayed by Cassel in the preseason opener.
As for former starting quarterback Christian Ponder, it looks as if his time and chances with the team may be dwindling. It is certainly conceivable that Ponder could get traded by the start of the regular season, or be relegated to the third string option for the Vikings.
With the team relying too heavily on All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson over the last several years, the Vikings are in desperate need of a quarterback that can make defenses question whether or not they should stack the box. We already know that Cassel is not the guy to put fear in opposing defenses, but at this point Bridgewater is too raw.
If Bridgewater continues to improve, and Cassel falters, then it is certainly possible that we can see the rookie quarterback as soon as week 3 or 4. Bridgewater has the athleticism and playmaking ability to bring a new fold to the desperately stale offense the Vikings have delivered year in and year out.