Norv Turner: Preseason will 'weigh heavily' in naming starting QB
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Norv Turner, the mind behind the Minnesota Vikings' offense, deferred to head coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday when asked how they'll divvy up the first-team snaps at quarterback.
The Vikings coaching staff met Tuesday during the player's off day to discuss risers and fallers on the depth chart, which should be evident when the team practices at 3 p.m. on Wednesday after shortening the morning walkthrough to just special teams.
"I'm pleased with the four days [of practice]," Turner said. "With the progress they've made. Obviously you can't work three [quarterbacks] for a long time, their reps will get divided up differently."
Matt Cassel has taken the first-team snaps, with Teddy Bridgewater falling in tow with the second team in front of Christian Ponder. However, Bridgewater will have to wait until he takes off the red practice jersey to move up the depth chart. Working with the second team during Monday night's practice, Bridgewater had just one incompletion during team drills -- a drop by tight end AC Leonard.
The Vikings open the preseason at TCF Bank Stadium against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 8. Typically, teams narrow down their starter by the third preseason game, which comes on Aug. 23 for the Vikings at Kansas City.
"Preseason games will weigh heavily in the coach's decision," Turner said.