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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:17:34 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. "Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time," Zimmer said. "We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games."
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:06:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been very happy with QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder heading up to training camp. "We've got a really, really good group," he said, explaining that it won't be hard to parcel out snaps in the apparent three-headed battle. Cassel is expected to be the starter, but Turner has praised Bridgewater for his arm strength and quick learning.
Fantasy Tip: Turner's vertical passing scheme is usually good news for his quarterbacks. However, the vet Cassel is unlikely to be a difference-maker for your fantasy squad as anything more than a midrange QB2. Bridgewater is expected to eventually take this job.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:08:35 -0700
USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero thinks it would be a shock if QB Matt Cassel isn't named the starter in training camp next month.
Fantasy Tip: We'd be a bit surprised, too, if either Teddy Bridgewater or Christian Ponder open the season as the Vikes' starter. Cassel isn't an ideal backup QB for your fantasy squad, though, because he could quickly lose his job early in the year if he's ineffective.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:32:09 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback competition this offseason is a wide open battle between QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will plan on having all three passers see enough snaps in mandatory minicamp to make sure that they all have a "legitimate opportunity" to win the starting job in training camp next month. Zimmer won't rush into a decision, and he made it clear that Cassel won't enter camp as the presumptive starter. Both Cassel and Bridgewater had more snaps than Ponder during organized team activities, and both looked sharper than Ponder.
Fantasy Tip: If the Vikings play it safe, Cassel should be expected to enter Week 1 as the starter. However, Bridgewater is completely capable of winning the starting job, and he'd probably have the most upside immediately of the rookie passers in the league if he's starting. Whoever starts in Minny, though, is a shaky backup QB for your fantasy squad.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:14:41 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he'd be fine with serving in a backup role in his rookie season. Bridgewater missed only three passes all day during organized team activities Thursday, June 5, and marched the team down the field during the two-minute drill. He had some first-team snaps Thursday, but QB Matt Cassel had the majority of the starting repetitions and is expected to enter training camp as the No. 1 quarterback. "Right now, I'm just learning from Matt." Bridgewater said. "He's a veteran right now, and I notice the things that he's doing when he's in the huddle. I'm taking notes from him and Christian also. Those guys have had past success."
Fantasy Tip: The Vikes have no reason to rush Bridgewater into the starting role with Cassel around. We fully expect Cassel to be the starter in Week 1, but Bridgewater has a decent chance of unseating him at some point if Cassel doesn't get the job done.
Sun, 25 May 2014 12:04:20 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will all get an opportunity to work with the first-teamers this offseason but the team would like to enter training camp with an established depth chart.
Mon, 19 May 2014 09:53:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said QB Teddy Bridgewater is currently third on the depth chart behind QBs Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, but the rookie will see first-team repetitions during organized team activities starting May 28. "(Bridgewater) is throwing the ball good," Zimmer said. "I think he's got a good presence, a good command of the way he's taking things. It was good for him to be out here with the veteran quarterbacks a little bit last week for a few days."
Fantasy Tip: Bridgewater has a long way to go if he's to win the starting job for Week 1 of the regular season, but it's entirely possible given the admiration the coaching staff has for him. Heading into his rookie season, though, consider Bridgewater nothing more than a QB3.
Tue, 06 May 2014 14:12:02 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start, with QB Christian Ponder serving as his backup.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel is a QB3 in the deepest of leagues.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:49:26 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with QB Matt Cassel on a two-year deal worth $10 million.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:12:57 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings). Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:48:38 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings will re-sign free-agent QB Matt Cassel.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:19:42 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he has talked to QB Matt Cassel and told him he would like to return in 2014.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:15:30 -0800
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Matt Cassel has continued to talk to the team about a possible return, but nothing appears to be close.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:14:59 -0800
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Matt Cassel continues to talk to the team about a potential return, but nothing is close. It appears the likely landing spot for Cassel will be with the Houston Texans, once he hits the open market Tuesday, March 11.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:00:57 -0800
There is growing chatter that the Houston Texans might be interested in free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings).
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:53:16 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings will conduct a meeting with the agent of free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings) Thursday, Feb. 20. The Vikings want Cassel to return after he opted out of his contract, leaving $3.7 million on the table.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel could be in the running for a starting job in Minnesota, should he re-sign, but his fantasy football value is negligible.
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:16:13 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has already made contact with the agent for free-agent QB Matt Cassel. Spielman said he expects to talk with Cassel's agent again in the future.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:18:00 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel has officially opted out of his current contract, making him a free agent.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:19:05 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings are interested in re-signing QB Matt Cassel after he voided his option for the 2014 season.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:19:32 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will void his contract for 2014 and become a free agent, according to a source. He was set to make $3.7 million.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:00:15 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel can void the remaining year of his deal in February. Only QB Christian Ponder is under team control for 2014.
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:43:39 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback Week 17.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:02:59 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start the final two games of the regular season, barring injury, according to sources. The team feels there is no reason to further evaluate QB Josh Freeman.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:04:36 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings are currently planning on opening training camp next season with QB Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback while a highly drafted quarterback is groomed to start.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:51:44 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will start Week 15.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:10:44 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 14.
Fantasy Tip: Matt Cassel will be the Vikings' starting quarterback this week. Owners likely have a better option to use over Cassel.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:14:28 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) has yet to pass the concussion protocol and will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder is probably a long shot to return and play in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. Matt Cassel will likely start with Josh Freeman as the backup. Only run with Cassel in your starting lineup if you're desperate in leagues that start two QBs.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:35:52 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) still isn't cleared to practice, and QB Matt Cassel is likely to start in Week 14.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:08:37 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings are undecided who will start at quarterback in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens as they await word on whether QB Christian Ponder (concussion) will be healthy enough to play. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears and threw for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception in an overtime victory. If Ponder isn't cleared to start practicing early in the week, the team could be influenced to go in another direction.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel seems to have a pretty good shot of playing against the Ravens if Ponder isn't ready in time. Both Cassel and Ponder should only be considered if you're playing in a league that requires you to start two QBs.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:19:01 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) left the team's Week 13 game in the second quarter with a concussion, and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in the game and led the team to an overtime win by throwing for 243 yards. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder will be in consideration for the start next weekend if he's healthy.
Fantasy Tip: Prepare to go with backup options if you were relying on Ponder in a league that starts two quarterbacks. He'll have to pass the league-mandated concussion tests this week in order to be cleared to play.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:43:18 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback Week 12. Frazier said QB Matt Cassel likely will be the No. 2 quarterback, but QB Josh Freeman could also be active for the game.
Fantasy Tip: The Green Bay Packers present a better opportunity for Ponder to succeed, and he's familiar with them, but it's still best to stay away from him unless you're desperate in leagues where you start two QBs.
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:00:34 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was non-committal when asked Sunday, Nov. 17, who his Week 12 quarterback would be against the Green Bay Packers. QB Christian Ponder was terrible in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, so QB Matt Cassel or QB Josh Freeman could get another chance.
Fantasy Tip: This is a situation to avoid in all scenarios.
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:51:09 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier would not say if QB Matt Cassel or QB Josh Freeman will be the No. 2 quarterback for the team's Week 11 game but indicated all three quarterbacks on the roster could be active for the game.
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:53:31 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings are unsure who their starting quarterback will be in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys, but it will not be QB Matt Cassel, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. QB Christian Ponder went 14-for-21 for just 145 yards in the team's Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers a week after QB Josh Freeman (concussion) had an embarrassing debut. "I don't want to discount Matt," Frazier said. "But Christian did some good things in that ballgame yesterday. There are some things he can obviously do better, but it has something to do with it. He has led us to some wins in the past." Freeman was able to run over the weekend without concussions symptoms for the first time since being hurt in Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: The decision will probably come down to how healthy Freeman is and if he's cleared from his concussion. Either way, Ponder and Freeman are only desperation options for those in leagues that start two QBs.
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:15:21 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have declared CB A.J. Jefferson, DL Chase Baker, LB Gerald Hodges, OG Jeff Baca, DL Justin Trattou, QB Matt Cassel, WR Rodney Smith inactive for Week 7.
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:05:41 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Josh Freeman received the first-team repetitions during individual drills during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. He was followed by QBs Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:50:29 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier did not indicate who would be his starting quarterback in Week 7 against the New York Giants after QB Matt Cassel and company took another defeat in Week 6. "Yeah, I want to go back and evaluate what Matt did in this ballgame and then make a determination as we go this week," Frazier said when asked if he was undecided about his starting quarterback. Cassel went 32-for-44 with 241 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. QB Josh Freeman was inactive, and the team is unsure if he'll have a good enough grip of the offense to start this weekend.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel didn't look very good yesterday, and the team is likely just using him as a placeholder until Freeman is ready to go. It's doubtful that Christian Ponder is an option.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:04:10 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback Week 6.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:38:50 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder said he has been told who the starting quarterback will be for Week 6 but will allow head coach Leslie Frazier make the announcement. Frazier said he will not announce the starter until after practice Friday, Oct. 11. Ponder's body language indicated QB Matt Cassel will start the game.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:22:48 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel received most, if not all, of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, Oct. 10.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:02:20 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder is unhappy with the way things have turned out. QB Matt Cassel had the majority of first-team repetitions in practice Thursday, Oct. 10, and he's expected to start over Ponder in Week 6. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. We'll see how things play out," Ponder said of all the recent developments at quarterback, via Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Some of the dynamics of this organization have changed, obviously ... But I'm preparing like I'm going to be on the field."
Fantasy Tip: Josh Freeman is expected to eventually take over as the starting quarterback once he's up to speed. Ponder basically has no future left in Minnesota at this point.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:10:45 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (ribs) has been cleared to play in Week 6. However, QB Matt Cassel is likely to start again.
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:31:16 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Josh Freeman will have a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job, but QB Christian Ponder (rib) remains the starting quarterback for the time being if he's healthy.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder is still banged up and probably won't hold off Freeman for long. Freeman has the most upside of Ponder and Matt Cassel, too, so expect to see him under center at some point this season once he learns the offense.
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:19:28 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings are still listing QB Christian Ponder (rib) as the starting quarterback on their depth chart, even after signing QB Josh Freeman. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson is likely to be released.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder is on very shaky ground, and he may not even be ready to return in Week 6 following his rib injury. Matt Cassel could receive another start against the Carolina Panthers, but it looks like Freeman may be the long-term solution. This is surely a QB situation to steer clear of.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:18:40 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (rib) is dealing with a fractured rib near his heart, and beat writer Judd Zulgad speculates the injury could keep Ponder out three to four games as a result.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Matt Cassel is in line to start for a while, but he is nothing more than a low-end QB2 in most fantasy formats.
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:32:11 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team's starting quarterback job between QBs Christian Ponder (ribs) and Matt Cassel is up in the air because Ponder is still hurt, and he won't be re-evaluated until next week. "It's hard to be concrete when you know Christian is dealing with an injury," Frazier added, "so we'll see what happens."
Fantasy Tip: The team will surely ponder their decision during the Week 5 bye, and we wouldn't be surprised at all to see Cassel starting again in Week 6, even if Ponder is healthy enough to return. Owning either as your backup QB probably isn't the best situation to be in.
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:57:48 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team's quarterback is Christian Ponder. Frazier also said the team had a lot of things to talk about over the bye week.
Fantasy Tip: It is a surprise that the team would go back to Ponder after Matt Cassel had a strong outing in leading the team to its first win. It sounds like this is far from resolved at this point.
Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:23:56 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel made the start in place of the injured QB Christian Ponder (ribs) in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London. He finished by completing 16 of his 25 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, completing his final 11 passes.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:35:29 -0700
Several Minnesota Vikings wide receivers, including WR Greg Jennings, have commended QB Matt Cassel and look forward to him starting in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jennings described Cassel as "more verbal, kind of commanding in the huddle." "If anything that's the difference," Jennings said. "That comes with him having much more experience. He's been in position where he's had to be a starter for years now. He knows what's going on. He's commanding. So is Christian. But as far as throwing the ball it is what it is. Matt's a very smart guy."
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:51:28 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (rib) said he expects to return as the starter following the team's Week 5 bye to start against the Carolina Panthers Oct. 13. Head coach Leslie Frazier also said that "I don't foresee a quarterback controversy."
Fantasy Tip: As Ben Goessling suggests, if Matt Cassel plays well (he probably doesn't even need to win) this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, there is a realistic chance that Ponder remains benched when he's healthy.