After three games in the NFL preseason, the battle between veteran Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater to see who will be the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings is waging on. Sooner or later, though, head coach Mike Zimmer is going to have to choose one or the other, and if it was up to Adrian Peterson, he might be choosing Cassel at this point.
In speaking about the Vikings’ quarterback situation recently, the All-Pro running back noted that Cassel has the slight edge over the rookie from Louisville, however it’s more of a mental edge, rather than a talent one.
“Right now, I feel like, just my personal opinion, I feel like Matt has the edge,” Peterson told the Pioneer Press on Sunday.
“Going off of understanding the offense and who’s running the offense better right now, you know, nothing to do with talent-wise, so that’s why Matt (has the edge),” Peterson said.
But Peterson also said that, despite not having a starting quarterback named yet, they don’t exactly have a bad problem on their hands here, considering how new to everything that Bridgewater is.
“He’s been here. He’s a veteran guy. This is Teddy’s first year, so I feel like we are in a good position to even be having that conversation (about quarterback competition).”
There is a good chance that, because of the reasoning Peterson pointed out, Cassel may start the season. But it is going to be hard to keep Bridgewater off that field for long, especially if he keeps playing the way he has been.