NFL rookie quarterbacks playing waiting game this year

Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Terry Bridgewater will start the season as the club's backup...

Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Terry Bridgewater will start the season as the club's backup quarterback. (AFP)

Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

NFL coaches have adopted the idiom that when it comes to a starting quarterback: “Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t.”

So, despite the precocious preseason of Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings made it official Monday, naming Matt Cassel the starter in Week 1. Cassel is blue-collar. Nothing fancy. He’s been Pro Bowl material. He’s been expendable. Released. Now reborn.

In Cleveland, even Brian Hoyer’s own head coach says he needs to get better. But it is the veteran getting the call over rookie Johnny Manziel.

NFL coaches like to know what they’re getting; even if what they’re getting isn’t necessarily ideal.

Rookies are being shunted out of runner-up positions, too. Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger has completed 31-of-44 passes for 417 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks — best in the whole league. Charlie Whitehurst has been out of the lineup with an injury to his throwing hand.


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