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Posted: 8/14/2014 6:56pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel looked better than rookie Teddy Bridgewater in the Vikes' preseason opener, and will be looking to add to his lead with a strong couple of quarters Saturday night vs. the Cards.
Posted: 8/11/2014 10:54am ET
Huddle Up: Cassel looked solid in leading the Vikings to a touchdown in their preseason opener, while Bridgewater demonstrated that he's still a rookie with some refining to do. It will take some major happenings this August for Bridgewater to leapfrog Cassel on the depth chart.
Posted: 7/31/2014 10:30am ET
Huddle Up: Bridgewater continues to draw raves from OC Norv Turner, and he's being at least worked in with the first team in just about every opportunity. The Vikings may prefer to start the season with Cassel under center, but if Bridgewater continues to perform he may make that decision a whole lot more difficult.
Posted: 7/28/2014 1:47pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel is believed to have the edge but Bridgewater is making a strong case to start. The battle will continue during the preseason but the rookie Bridgewater could be under center when the Vikings open the season in St. Louis if he performs well in August.
Posted: 5/26/2014 12:17am ET
Huddle Up: Ponder would seem to be the odd-man out, and much will boil down to how fast Bridgewater picks up the team's offense. If the first-round pick proves to be a quick learner, the new coaching staff could very well be inclined to start off fresh at QB.
Posted: 5/6/2014 7:34pm ET
Huddle Up: We'll see what the draft brings with the Vikings currently owning the 8th overall pick, but if it is Cassel, he figures to be no better than a low-end No. 2 QB after notching 1 300-yard game and 3 multiple-TD-pass contests in 6 starts last season.
Posted: 3/7/2014 11:22pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel was the most effective of the Vikings' trio of quarterbacks last season, which isn't necessarily saying much. He would be an effective mentor for a rookie quarterback should the Vikings take one with the eight overall pick or on Day 2, and at present projects to be the team's starter.
Posted: 2/22/2014 9:06pm ET
Huddle Up: There were a couple seasons of overlap between Cassel and new Texans coach Bill O'Brien in New England, so it makes sense that O'Brien would be comfortable with Cassel as the mentor to Houston's new QB of the future. Whether that's the role Cassel wants, however, remains to be seen.
Posted: 2/10/2014 1:45pm ET
Huddle Up: The logical move would be for Minnesota to use Cassel--the most effective of the three quarterbacks the Vikings used in 2013--as a bridge to their next "quarterback of the future", someone likely acquired in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft. So even though Cassel has voided his contract, don't write him out of Minnesota's plans just yet.
Posted: 2/5/2014 11:00pm ET
Huddle Up: With Cassel voiding his contract the Vikings have only Christian Ponder left at quarterback. Cassel could return to Minnesota as a short-term starter, which would allow them to draft a quarterback on Day Two and bring him along more slowly. It makes sense, but you can't blame Cassel for exercising his right to at least test the free agent waters.
Posted: 1/1/2014 12:29pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel was the one Vikings quarterback who had success this season, but not keeping him around all but ensures that Minnesota must take a quarterback with the eight overall pick in the upcoming draft. Should Cassel not void his deal he could be the caretaker QB while Minnesota grooms a later pick or a first-rounder in 2015 as they build towards the opening of their new stadium in 2016.
Posted: 12/24/2013 12:56am ET
Huddle Up: Cassel fell on his face (13-of-27, 114 yards, 1 TD, 3 interceptions, fumble) for those who gambled on him in Week 17. He has a decent matchup with the Lions visiting in Week 17, but do you really want to take that chance?
Posted: 12/16/2013 10:50pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel on Sunday blistered the Eagles for 382 yards -- the first 300-yard passing game for a Vikings' QB this season -- and 2 TDs. He also was able to get prize FA acquisition Greg Jennings involved as the WR finished with a season-high 11 catches for 163 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, it appears the Freeman era in the Twin Cities is over before it really got started.
Posted: 12/4/2013 12:11pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel has been solid in a couple relief performances, and the Vikings seem reluctant to test-drive former Buc Josh Freeman. With continued decent play Cassel could nail down the backup gig to whomever the Vikings draft this spring; for now, he gives the Minnesota passing game mild fantasy upgrades across the board.
Posted: 12/2/2013 8:46pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel would seem the most likely starting candidate -- even if Ponder is healthy -- but the Vikings have already gone down that route before and wound up turning back to Ponder. Of course, don't forget about Josh Freeman, the wild card of the bunch.
Posted: 11/18/2013 11:50am ET
Huddle Up: Christian Ponder struggled against Seattle, with Matt Cassel coming on in relief for a late touchdown. The Vikings also have Josh Freeman, who should be acclimated to the playbook by now. The Minnesota passing game hasn't produced much in the way of fantasy help, and a change at quarterback would only marginally alter that prognosis.
Posted: 10/14/2013 7:57pm ET
Huddle Up: Going by the above, it doesn't sound as if Christian Ponder and his fractured rib are ready to return to action, reducing the candidates to Cassel and Freeman. Cassel had a solid first start in Week 5, but the turnover and lack-of-bug-play issues that plauged him in 2012 cropped up an inopportune time in Sunday's blowout home loss to the Panthers. Stay tuned on this one.
Posted: 10/10/2013 11:53am ET
Huddle Up: Cassel led the Vikings to a win over Pittsburgh, while Ponder was winless through the first three games. Cassel's fantasy numbers weren't outstanding, but he was more efficient and sparked Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson to solid stats as well.
Posted: 10/1/2013 3:51pm ET
Huddle Up: Cassel did a fine job last week, but the Steelers were making things easy for him. He does appear to give the skill position guys a boost in fantasy football, but don't get overly excited.
Posted: 9/27/2013 10:31am ET
Huddle Up: The Vikings have taken a curious route to this point, notifying Ponder on Tuesday that he had an injury yet giving him the majority of first-team snaps on Thursday--only to announce Friday that Cassel will be the starter. Little fantasy impact here, as you weren't looking to the Vikings' passing game for fantasy help anyway and defenses are already keying fully on Adrian Peterson.
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