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Report: Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel splitting reps

While Johnny Manzieltoils with the second team with Cleveland, one of his fellow rookie passers is already working with the starters.

Vikings first-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is generating "huge optimism" in Minnesota, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

Bridgewater and veteran Matt Cassel are "pretty much splitting reps" at training camp, per Glazer, who noted that the rookie signal-caller has "definitely been more impressive than they expected."

That praise aligns with recent accolades from offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who said last week that Bridgewater "probably should've gone in the first 10 picks."

The rookie was knocked for a lack of arm strength during the draft process, but Turner -- a lover of the deep vertical route -- crowed over Bridgewater's "outstanding" long ball and expressed full confidence in the former Louisville star running his offense.

Cassel is nothing more than a bridge quarterback. If his young challenger continues to bloom, Bridgewater has a chance to see the field as soon as Week 1.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" offers up team-by-team training camp previews of the NFC East and NFC West.

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