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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: starting QB named, roster cuts, Zimmer vs. PFF and more

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated August 26th at 7:24am 272692251

Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

— Head coach Mike Zimmer named Matt Cassel his starting quarterback.

— Backup QB Teddy Bridgewater still thinks Minnesota is a perfect situation for him.

— S Mistral Raymond and CB Derek Cox were among the team’s first roster cuts.

— The Vikings activated TE Chase Ford from the PUP list.

— Zimmer is apparently not a big fan of Pro Football Focus.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

— Jimmy Clausen won the battle to be the Bears’ backup quarterback.

— Rookie C Corey Linsley must step up with J.C. Tretter sidelined.

— The Lions claimed two tight ends off of waivers.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

After the morning walkthrough, coordinators Norv Turner and George Edwards will chat with reporters at 11 a.m. and the locker room will be open. The Vikings start practice at 12:50 p.m.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Zimmer cares not for the grades from Pro Football Focus, but he may not mind seeing that they have graded Everson Griffen the third highest among 4-3 defensive ends during the preseason. They have Griffen down for eight total quarterback pressures in 53 total snaps as a pass rusher.

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