Norv Turner confirmed the other day that from here on out the three-man QB competition will be a two-man QB competition with Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater splitting reps. Wednesday when the Vikings hit the practice field at Mankato, Bridgewater ran with the first team as promised.
Whether the reps are evenly split between Bridgewater and Cassel, or Cassel still gets a few more than Bridgewater, or Bridgewater a few more than Cassel, is neither here nor there. The important thing is that Bridgewater is getting work behind the first team line, with the first team receivers and first team backs and tight ends. And that will only help his development.
And really, that is mostly what matters at this point. Of course you want Matt Cassel to be ready for the season, if indeed the plan is to begin the season with him as the starter, but Cassel really shouldn’t need a ton of reps to get prepared. Brett Favre used to get ready for the season with no training camp reps and only limited preseason action.
Bridgewater is the future, and everything the Vikings do should be mainly geared toward getting him ready to go. The more good, valuable training camp reps you can give him, the faster he will be ready to take over the controls and guide the team to glory. Stopgap Cassel will have to make do with his half or whatever it ends up being.