| Cordarrelle Patterson limited in practice -- Wed Oct 8 4:57 pm --|
Teddy Bridgewater practices in full
|Limited in today’s practice for the Vikings were: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow). Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on the injury report but had full participation.
FF Today's Take: It appears Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is on track to start this weekend but he draws a tough matchup against the Lions. That's good news for Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) owners. Even though talented Vikings wideout has seen his fantasy value diminish in recent weeks he has a much better shot of producing with Bridgewater under center making him worthy of flex consideration for Week 6.
| Bridgewater to sit, Ponder to start Thursday -- Thu Oct 2 5:55 pm --|
Ankle injury sidelines rookie
|Christian Ponder will get the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night when they take on the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive, according to a source informed of the situation.
Bridgewater was incredibly impressive in his first start last week, completing 19-of-30 passing for 317 yards. He added 27 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. The first-round pick played a turnover-free game and pushed the ball downfield before going out with an ankle injury. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Vikings - on their third different starting quarterback entering Week 5 - are without their two most established offensive players (Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph). Cordarrelle Patterson has been virtually invisible since Week 1, so Ponder is going to have his work cut for him versus the Packers. Expect Minnesota to ride Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon as long as possible in Week 5, hoping that Bridgewater is ready to return against Detroit next week.
| Bridgewater doesn't practice Tuesday -- Tue Sep 30 3:25 pm --|
Vikings hope to have rookie QB for Wednesday jog-through
|Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) was held out of Tuesday's practice.
The "hope" is that he'll be ready for Wednesday's walk-through, but Bridgewater himself has made it clear that he's no sure thing for Thursday's game against the Packers. The short week couldn't be coming at a worse time for the Vikes, who could be forced to turn to Christian Ponder in an important divisional tilt. (Rotoworld via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Ponder doesn't offer much fantasy value, and a less-than-100 percent Bridgewater doesn't excite us that much, either. We'd recommend steering clear of the Vikings WRs on Thursday unless Bridgewater looks healthy and ready to go.
| Vikings place QB Matt Cassel on IR -- Wed Sep 24 10:00 am --|
Rookie QB to start against Faclons
|The Teddy Bridgewater era appears to have officially begun in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings placed Matt Cassel on injured reserve Wednesday morning, three days after the quarterback broke several bones in his left foot on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
FF Today's Take: Bridgewater will make his first NFL start this week against the Falcons. Without Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph it's hard to get excited about Bridgewater's fantasy prospects. He does offer some mobility, rushing for 27 yards on six carries last week. He'll be a QB2 until he proves otherwise.
| Kyle Rudolph likely out six weeks -- Mon Sep 22 3:35 pm --|
Will undergo sports hernia surgery
|TE Kyle Rudolph left Sunday’s loss to the Saints with a groin injury and was expected to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Rudolph will need to have sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks while he recovers.
The Vikings have targeted Rudolph 17 times this season, just behind Greg Jennings for the most of anyone on the team. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Another brutal blow for a Minnesota offense that has lost potentially its top two red-zone options in Adrian Peterson and Rudolph. Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray will fill in during his absence, but the Vikings don't have a suitable replacement for Rudolph on the roster. It makes the job even harder for rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who will make his first career start at home against Atlanta in Week 4.
|Matt Cassel not on a short leash? -- Wed Sep 3 3:53 pm --|
Vikings fans might have to wait for Bridgewater's time
|Head coach Mike Zimmer knows he must walk a tightrope at quarterback. He wishes he could hold Cassel and Bridgewater to the same standard as he plans to hold the other positions, and go with whoever is playing best at that point in time. But he acknowledged that the ripple effect is more significant when changing quarterbacks than when changing out starters at other positions.
“That’s something you have to consider,” Zimmer said. “With every position, even with the middle linebacker or the safety, you don’t want to make, as you say, a knee-jerk decision just because they don’t play well one day or do the things you think they’re capable of. I think you still have to go on what you see every day in practice and what you see in the preseason.”
That’s why Zimmer said he doesn’t foresee the Vikings making a change early in the season.
“I know the fans are excited about Teddy. I’m excited about Teddy,” Zimmer said. “But we have to do what’s best for the football team at this point in time and what’s best for the future."
FF Today's Take: It looks like Matt Cassel will get a real shot to be the team's quarterback for the entire 2014 season. Based on Mike Zimmer's recent comments, it will take multiple poor outings before he considers giving Cassel the hook in favor of rookie Teddy Bridgewater. As a result, fantasy owners should be able to count on Cassel leading the offense for at least the first third of the season.