The night was slightly hotter than the Vikings were used to in Mankato. That didn’t seem to affect the Vikings play though. The first team offense looked solid, with the highlight being a 53 yard pitch and catch, Matt Cassel to Cordarrelle Patterson for six points. The offensive line looked much better in their pass protection. Cassel ended up completing 9 of 17 for 152 with one touchdown and an interception.
First team defense looked good against the run, but gave up too many yards in the air. While the Chiefs did move the ball fairly easily, they only scored 5 points, with 2 coming from a Cassel fumble out of the back of the end zone. Captain Munnerlyn had a nice interception in the end zone, but made the mistake of trying to run the ball out. Chad Greenway also had a nice drive stopping interception.
Teddy Bridgewater looked cool as a cucumber! I think his quality of play could pressure Cassel for the starting job, though it’s still Cassel’s to lose. Bridgewater ended the evening 4 of 7 for only 40 yards, but 2 touchdowns. The first touchdown being set up by a nice punt return by Adam Thielen. This return coupled with his play the first 2 preseason games all but guarantees Theilen a roster spot. Many feel that Jarius Wright could be on the bubble. I feel he hasn’t had enough looks to be cut, at least for now.
I would like to see the Vikings possibly cut Jerome Simpson and keep Thielen, Smith and Wright. I just don’t like Simpson’s effort on some plays. With Simpson’s possible 3 game suspension looming, it would be understandable for the Vikings to make this move.
Jerome Felton is also rumored to be a possible cut. Some feel Norv Turner may be keeping his use of Felton a secret for the regular season. All I know is he was a huge part of Adrian Peterson’s 2,000 yard season in 2012. Another question is what are the Vikings plan for Christian Ponder. Turner stated that Ponder still has value in his offense. I can’t see him on the team for the first game of the regular season.
First cuts down to 75 players needs to be done by 4 PM Tuesday. Should be interesting!!