Bridgewater's successful one-minute drive turned heads, though, with Zimmer saying the rookie might see time with the first team after Cassel takes a seat. Minnesota's first-round pick hasn't been ruled out as the opening day starter, but Bridgewater needs another big game -- combined with a Cassel meltdown -- to overtake the veteran.
Among the NFL's "bridge" quarterbacks, Cassel leads the way over the likes of Brian Hoyer and Chad Henne. He's been a sound passer in play-caller Norv Turner's air-heavy scheme and remains a safe choice to open the year when Minnesota takes on the St. Louis Rams in Week 1.
Vikings fans can bask in their bright, new world: Cassel is a serviceable option under center until the team feels comfortable handing over the controls to their promising quarterback of the future.