"These first four days, we've worked three groups," Turner explained. "Matt's gotten a little bit more, Teddy's gotten about a third and Ponder's gotten about a third. We have the day off (Tuesday), and we'll adjust that, probably getting more half and half."
It would be a surprise if Bridgewater was the odd man out. The Vikings selected him in the first round of May's draft, and by all accounts he's impressed so far. Turner said last week that Bridgewater probably should have been selected in the first 10 picks (He was drafted with the last pick in the first round.)
Cassel grabbed a new contract this offseason, so he would also appear to be on more solid footing than Ponder, who's had countless opportunities to wow past Vikings coaching staffs and failed.
"I don't think he's going to get very many (reps) in the preseason," Zimmer told Rapoport. "I mean, we haven't talked about it the whole preseason -- I don't need to see him. If he wants to go in there and get one run, maybe. I'll talk to Adrian (Peterson) about that. ... If he feels like he needs -- I don't feel like he needs to -- but if he feels like he needs to, then we'll do that."
It's a wise move by Zimmer. There's no reason to risk his generational workhorse to extra hits and wear and tear, and it's not like Peterson needs the seasoning.