By Eric Schmidt

The Minnesota Vikings entered this offseason as one of the NFL teams with a huge question mark at the quarterback position. Time has run out on the Christian Ponder experiment. Minnesota extended the contract of Matt Cassel in the offseason but he is not the future of the franchise. The 32-year old inked a two-year $10 million dollar deal in March.

With continued uncertainty at the quarterback, Minnesota turned to the NFL Draft to address long term questions at the quarterback position. Minnesota tabbed University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the final selection in the first-round of the 2014 draft.

It was widely believed that Matt Cassel would start the season as the starter based on his experience but the rookie Bridgewater appears to be making some strides after just a week into training camp. Despite being named the number one quarterback heading into camp, Bridgewater is “closing the gap” on the veteran Cassel according to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.

From a fantasy standpoint, Bridgewater likely has the highest upside of any of the rookie class this season. He enters an offense which features the league’s best running back, an underutilized tight end in Kyle Rudolph and a budding superstar in wide reciever¬†Cordarrelle Patterson.

While Bridgewater is considered a QB2 this season and only considered as a spot start signal caller, he should be drafted in keeper leagues.

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