Per Jay Glazer, Vikings players were told this morning that Matt Cassel will be the No. 1 QB, while rookie Teddy Bridgewater will start the season on the bench.
Cassell, a 10th-year vet who started last season as the Vikings' backup but turned out to be the only competent QB on staff, has been good this year in preseason, going 26 of 39 for 367 yards, two TDs, and an interception. Bridgewater, playing mainly with the second unit, is 26 of 40 for 266 yards, with four scores and no picks.
No reason to worry, though. The Vikings are reportedly still as high on Bridgewater as they ever were.
Team loves Bridgewater and he will be their future but Cassel came in and performed well this preseason, did nothing to lose job
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 25, 2014
So Bridgewater will begin Week 1 on the sideline. As will Johnny Manziel, having lost the QB competition to Brian Hoyer, and Blake Bortles, who will sit despite having outplayed Chad Henne in Jacksonville.
Pro Football Talk notes that, barring disaster somewhere, this will be the first time since 2007—the year of JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn—that no rookie QB starts in Week 1.