Matt Cassel QB MIN 25 Days

Cassel outplayed Teddy Bridgewater in Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders, completing five-of-six passes for 62 yards while leading the Vikings to a touchdown on his only drive.

Cassel is believed to have the early leg up, and he took another step toward the starting job Friday night. Bridgewater took a pair of sacks -- one with a fumble -- and completed 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards. However, it's still too early to rule out the rookie, as the second and third preseason games are typically far more important than the first and fourth. What's more, practice performance will also play a role in the Vikings' final decision.

Matt Cassel QB MIN 27 Days

Cassel is listed as the top QB on the Vikings' unofficial depth chart in advance of Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders, 1500espn.com reports.

Though Cassel will start Friday's preseason opener, the report notes that rookie Teddy Bridgewater (listed as the team's No. 2 QB) will also see work with the Vikings' starters in the contest. Meanwhile, as expected, Christian Ponder is listed as the team's third-stringer.

Matt Cassel QB MIN 1 Month

Speaking Thursday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Matt Cassel is the team's No. 1 quarterback heading into camp.

That's been the expectation all along. No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater should give Cassel a run for his money, but the Vikes appear content to go into Week 1 with the veteran under center. However, we fully expect Bridgewater to make starts this season, likely early.

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USA Today's Tom Pelissero considers Matt Cassel the "heavy favorite" to start at quarterback for the Vikings.

Pelissero is a former longtime Vikings beat reporter, so his opinion is notable. Teddy Bridgewater was mixed in with the first-team offense this spring, but is pretty clearly behind Cassel. Tape gurus Greg Cosell and Ron Jaworski have both stated Cassel is a better fit for Norv Turner's offense than Bridgewater. Turner pushes the ball vertically, which is Bridgewater's weakness.

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Matt Cassel is expected to enter training camp as the Vikings' starter.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater has been sprinkled in with the ones during OTAs, but Cassel is getting more reps. New Vikings OC Norv Turner revealed he wanted to sign Cassel last year in Cleveland. "I think that would have been at the time a good move for us," Turner said. "I gave my evaluation (to the Browns). I thought he would have fit. ... Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't."

Matt Cassel QB MIN 3 Months

Matt Cassel took all the first-team reps in Thursday's OTAs session.

Teddy Bridgewater was absent because he's attending an NFLPA event, but it's an indication the Vikings will indeed head into Week 1 with Cassel as their starter. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last week that the Vikes are "determined" not to rush Bridgewater. As for Christian Ponder, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported that he "looked like Christian Ponder" in Thursday's practice. Some things never change.

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SI's Peter King says the Vikings won't draft a quarterback at No. 8 overall.

King says the Vikings don't want to gamble with their first pick. "That's a big reason why we made it a high priority to sign Matt Cassel back," GM Rick Spielman said. "Every one of these quarterbacks . nothing is a sure thing. There's no Andrew Luck, no Peyton Manning." The Vikings know Cassel isn't the long-term answer, so they're still going to explore the quarterback market on Day 2 or 3. It's a strategy many teams appear ready to take.

Matt Cassel QB MIN 6 Months

Vikings re-signed free agent Matt Cassel to a two-year contract.

Matt Cassel QB MIN 6 Months

New Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would "love" to re-sign free agent Matt Cassel, but is unsure if he'll be back.

Cassel would easily sit atop the Vikings' current depth chart, so it's not a surprise. The team would have little to gain by overpaying a 31-year-old backup talent, however. With the quarterback market embarrassingly thin, someone is probably going to pay Cassel too much money as a bridge/No. 2 signal caller.

Matt Cassel QB MIN 6 Months

The Houston Chronicle would be "stunned" if the Texans signed free agent Matt Cassel.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "anticipate(s)" that Cassel is Houston-bound, but reporter John McClain is much closer to the situation. McClain does believe the Texans could sign two veteran backups to mentor a potential first-rounder, so it's not as if Cassel doesn't make sense on paper. Cassel will be in demand as a capable backup.