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Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in Saturday's third preseason game.

"I really don't see the need," coach Mike Zimmer said. Peterson didn't get any preseason carries last year either before rumbling for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. He's the No. 3 overall player on our board.
Aug 20 - 9:21 AM

Vikings WR Jerome Simpson is facing a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Simpson was in New York Monday afternoon for his appeal hearing. The three-game ban stems from Simpson's November arrest for DUI when he refused to complete a breathalyzer test. He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving. Simpson is a repeat offender after he was busted on felony drug charges in 2012.
Aug 19 - 9:07 AM

Matt Cassel will start Saturday's third preseason game against the Chiefs.

It's Cassel's third straight start, proving he's firmly ahead of Teddy Bridgewater for the Week 1 starting gig. Only a total faceplant Saturday would muddle things. Through two preseason games, Cassel is 17-of-22 for 210 yards with one touchdown and no picks, showing excellent command of the new Norv Turner scheme. Bridgewater is 22-of-33 for 259 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. He also led a game-winning drive in an impressive second preseason game, albeit against the Cardinals' third-string defense.
Aug 18 - 12:59 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 16-of-20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday night's game against the Cardinals, engineering a comeback victory in the preseason affair.

Keep in mind he was facing Arizona's third-team defense. Still, Bridgewater bounced back in a major way after struggling in his preseason debut. He didn't have any turnovers and only took one sack. Bridgewater was decisive in the pocket and engineered an impressive two-minute drill in the fourth quarter that ended with a touchdown to Rodney Smith. Matt Cassel maintained his depth-chart standing against the Cardinals and is 17-of-22 passing for 210 yards with a touchdown through two preseason games. Bridgewater is still behind Cassel, but his performance this week keeps him in the hunt in case Cassel begins to falter.
Aug 16 - 11:48 PM

Matt Cassel completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' second preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Cassel has just about locked up the starting job, and could be named the Week 1 starter as soon as early next week. Through two preseason games, Cassel is 17-of-22 passing for 210 yards and the one touchdown. He showed a good rapport with Kyle Rudolph versus Arizona, hitting his tight end four times for 89 yards and a 51-yard score. Cassel looks like a natural in Norv Turner's offense. Don't get too excited though, Vikings fans. We are talking about Matt Cassel.
Aug 16 - 10:42 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 4-of-5 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' second preseason game Saturday night.

His highlight-reel play was a 51-yard touchdown sprint delivered by Matt Cassel. As noted by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Rudolph is showing an extra gear this year after shedding weight in the offseason. Ladarius Green, Zach Ertz, and Travis Kelce are all generating a ton of fantasy buzz, but Rudolph is just as likely a breakout candidate as any of them under TE-friendly Norv Turner. Rudolph, in fact, is a month younger than Kelce. The Notre Dame alum remains a value pick at his late-eighth-round Average Draft Position.
Aug 16 - 10:25 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer attributed Teddy Bridgewater's recent struggles to him not having a full grasp of the offensive scheme.

"He’s got so much going on in his mind right now that I just want him to play," Zimmer said. "That’s what I told him. If you make a mistake, we’ll fix it and go on." Bridgewater looked skittish in Minnesota's preseason opener and threw five interceptions in three practices this week. His confidence should improve as he becomes more acclimated, but Bridgewater is going to need time before he's ready to run Norv Turner's offense. At this point it would be an upset if Bridgewater started over Matt Cassel in Week 1.
Aug 15 - 6:19 PM

Matt Cassel is viewed as the heavy favorite to start Week 1 against the Rams, and some of the players are already "certain" he'll get the nod.

If Cassel plays as well as he did in the preseason opener again this week and Teddy Bridgewater can't get the offensive into drive, then it will be an easy call for coach Mike Zimmer. But Zimmer has already hinted he's made up his mind. Zimmer praised Cassel's ability to "make the calls and getting things out in the right way," while he said he "loves" Bridgewater but doesn't know "when" he'll be ready. At this point, it would be an upset if Cassel doesn't start Week 1.
Source: USA Today
Aug 15 - 12:45 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Thursday night that Teddy Bridgewater has been outplayed by Matt Cassel at Vikings camp.

Per Mort, the Vikings "expect that Cassel will open the season" as their starter. There's still time for Bridgewater to make a move on his veteran adversary, but to this point it really hasn't been much of a competition. The gap seemed to widen this week as Bridgewater threw five interceptions in three practices. Regardless of his identity, the Vikings' 2014 starting quarterback will be asked to manage games, and not win them on his own.
Aug 14 - 9:41 PM

Adrian Peterson is sitting out Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Although 100 percent healthy, Peterson isn't expected to play this preseason. The Vikes are saving bullets for the regular season.
Aug 14 - 1:30 PM

Live from Vikings camp, ESPN's Britt McHenry reported Thursday "it appears right now" Matt Cassel will be the Vikings' "starter to open the season."

Teddy Bridgewater is reportedly taking rookie lumps, throwing five interceptions in practice this week. While Bridgewater remains the future in Minnesota, it would make more sense to open the year with Cassel under center and bench him at some point for Teddy, rather than the other way around. Cassel also outplayed Bridgewater by a wide margin in the Vikings' preseason opener.
Aug 14 - 12:15 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson described Teddy Bridgewater's practice on Monday night as "crummy."

According to reports, Bridgewater threw three interceptions and should've had a fourth pick. This comes on the heels of Bridgewater's lackluster preseason debut, where he completed just 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards and struggled to move the offense. Matt Cassel has already been named the starter for this week's second preseason game. Bridgewater will handle the second-team reps.
Aug 12 - 8:39 AM

Matt Cassel will start the Vikings' second preseason game Saturday.

Round 1 of the QB battle went to Cassel as he led the Vikings to a touchdown drive on his only series in the preseason opener. Teddy Bridgewater went 6-of-13 for 49 yards, fumbled and was sacked twice. So Cassel gets the nod again, a strong sign that he's the favorite to start Week 1. Regardless, we're expecting Bridgewater to make several starts this season as long as he progresses.
Aug 11 - 8:13 AM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph is expected to be ready for Week 1 despite being struck in the calf during a Friday night shooting.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and definitely be ready by the regular season," said GM Rick Spielman. Joseph is lucky the wound wasn't severe. He was an innocent bystander when a stray bullet struck him in the calf. Joseph is ticketed for the run-stuffing Domata Peko role in Mike Zimmer's defense.
Aug 10 - 2:02 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Vikings don't have a timetable to name a starting quarterback.

Matt Cassel has the early edge after outperforming Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota's preseason opener, but will need to continue his strong start to win the job. There's a good chance the Vikings will name their starter prior to the third preseason game. Cassel will be on a short leash if he starts Week 1.
Aug 9 - 7:17 PM


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